Are You Anxious of Dental Visits?

Are You Anxious of Dental Visits?

Posted by ROBERT A SAUNDERS DDS PC & BRITTANY C KROG DDS on Mar 24 2022, 07:44 AM

Most people don't look forward to dental appointments due to the fear of dental treatments. Sometimes, the mere act of being examined can also cause anxiety.

Dental anxiety often occurs when you are unsettled or concerned about a forthcoming dental visit.

In this article, our dental experts at Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS, in Fargo, North Dakota, explain more about dental anxiety and the ways you can deal with it.

What Is Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety is defined as fear, anxiety, or stress associated with a dental setting. It can be caused by the sight of various equipment like needles and drills, certain procedures, or it can also be related to the overall environment of a dental clinic.

Symptoms of Dental Anxiety

  • Finding it difficult to sleep before a dental visit
  • A drop in blood pressure and the risk of fainting (syncope)
  • Physical or emotional breakdown at the mere thought of going to the dentist
  • Hesitation to enter the dental clinic
  • Constant worrying while waiting for your turn
  • Anxiety at the sight of dental tools or white-coated workers in a dentist's office 
  • Sobbing or panicking due to extreme emotions

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Trust issues with the dentist can lead to anxious feelings. This can be due to the fear of being judged by the dentist as some people are embarrassed about their teeth or are simply terrified of receiving negative news.

Apart from that, many individuals are afraid of needles when it comes to dental procedures. Others are concerned that the anesthetic will not work on them or will not kick in before the procedure begins. This results in fear of losing control when they are in the dental chair.

Apart from that, some people might have also had painful experiences at a dental clinic which deter them from going to the dentist again.

Ways to Deal With Dental Anxiety

  • Be mentally prepared for the dental visit. 
  • You can also ask the dentist to describe what's occurring at each stage of the appointment or procedure. Do not be hesitant to inquire. Being aware of your dental procedure goes a long way in helping you deal with dental anxiety.
  • You can also establish a stop signal, such as lifting your hand, to indicate that you want them to stop what they are doing.

To learn more about dental anxiety, call Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS at (701) 293-9886 or visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103.

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