We know dental visits can create a little anxiety, but there are some people that experience severe anxiety or even a phobia of the dentist.
9-15% of U.S. adults do not visit the dentist due to anxiety, but avoiding the dentist is never a good idea. If you or someone you know experiences dental anxiety and is struggling to schedule a visit, here are some tips that can help ease the worry.
Focus on Breathing
Focusing on your breathing is an excellent way to keep your mind from racing and has been shown to ease anxiety.
Bring a Friend or Family Member
Take a good friend or family member with you to help you feel more comfortable. If someone is sitting in the room with you it may help you feel more at ease.
Listen to Music
Music is a great way to keep your thoughts from racing and helps to block out any of the noise that may be going on during the cleaning or procedure.
If you experience dental anxiety, do not avoid the dentist. Routine trips to the dentist is an important part of protecting your mouth from dental health issues. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, be sure to speak with Dr. Florian to discuss how we can help your visit as comfortable as possible.