If you get anxious thinking about going to the dentist, you are in good company. It is common for people to have dental anxiety. Dental anxiety can keep people from maintaining regular preventative care and from treating problems as they arise. Because of this, patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia are at a higher risk for damage to their teeth and gum disease. Typically the longer that someone waits to go to the dentist, the more likely that any problems will worsen. Interestingly enough, the fear that one has waited too long to go the dentist is a common reason for anxiety. If you find yourself getting nervous at just the thought of seeing the dentist, there are ways to manage your dental anxiety

Pinpoint the Reason

Your reason for getting anxious could be very different from someone else’s. Figuring out the reason that you may be fearful can be an important step in addressing the fear. Some people fear pain while some may have had a bad experience in the past that keeps them fearful of the future. The list for reasons for dental anxiety is endless. If you cannot determine a rational reason, that is perfectly okay, too. 

Voice Your Fear

Your dental team wants to make your experience comfortable. If you know your specific reason for fear, let the office know when you schedule your appointment. For example, if you say that you have a fear of needles, your dentist can be mindful of that. If your anxiety is shapeless that comes from your gut, you can say that, too. Again, your dental team wants to make sure you are comfortable. 

Distract Your Mind

While in the chair, it can be helpful to focus on your breathing or to concentrate on your toes. You can try to imagine yourself at your favorite vacation spot. Sometimes an actual distraction such as music, a stress ball, or even a fidget spinner can keep your anxious thoughts away from the forefront of your brain.

We want to help ease your dental anxiety

Our team is here to help you manage your dental anxiety. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.