dental anxietyWe get it; going to the dentist or dentist can be anxiety-inducing. After all, having someone poke around your mouth isn’t exactly the ideal way to spend part of your day. While we always strive to make your appointments as comfortable and stress-free as possible, the anxiety you may feel is real. With this in mind, there are ways to help you minimize your fear and stress. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist provides some tips for overcoming your dental anxiety. 

Try To Visit Us Regularly

A big way to overcome anxiety is to face your fears head-on. We understand this is much easier said than done, but when it comes to receiving the oral care you need, it is important to visit your dentist or dentist regularly. Not only will this help ensure your smile and mouth remain as healthy as possible, but it will also help you feel more comfortable when you come in. This helps remove the fear of the unknown because you will be more familiar with the experience.

Choose The Right Professional

Similar to most things in life, not everything is one-size-fits-all. Your best friend may love their dentist or dentist, but you may not have a similarly wonderful experience at their office. While it may take some exploring to find the right professional for you, it is absolutely worth it. You will be more likely to schedule appointments — and feel better while attending — if the experience runs smoothly and comfortably. 

Vocalize Your Fears And Request Sedation

If you are anxious at the dentist’s office, please be sure to vocalize them. This will allow your oral healthcare professional to act accordingly and make helpful adjustments to their processes. If you are both on the same page, things will likely run more smoothly. Furthermore, do not be afraid to request dental sedation. There are several different types, and your dentist or dentist will be able to provide you with the kind that will best meet your needs. Not only will sedation minimize anxiety, but it can also help manage physical discomfort and pain. 

Prepare For Your Visit

Appropriately planning your trip to the dentist is essential. If possible, try to schedule it earlier in the day and give yourself some time before and after, so you are not rushing to and from it. You do not want to wait until the end of the day, as anxiety mounts with every passing hour. Of course, not every schedule can accommodate this suggestion, so just try your best. Additionally, try not to throw back cup after cup of coffee or soda. Sugar and caffeine can increase your anxiety and make you feel more jittery. You should also follow any pre-appointment instructions from your dentist or dentist.

Contact Us To Schedule Your Appointment Today

We are here to help make your visit to our office as comfortable and stress-free as possible. To ask any questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.