How to Ease Dental Anxiety in Adults and Children

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Dental anxiety is real—for both children and adults—and it needs to be treated just like any other dental problem. There are many things you can do to finally free your mind from these dental fears, and some of those things include:

Talk to the Dentist
If you tell your dentist how you feel in the dental chair, he will know how to manage and help with your dental phobia. Your dentist will be extra careful and extra gentle as he performs the needed treatment.

Bring Music
Music might help you calm down a bit, so bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. During your treatment, listen to calming and relaxing songs and try to focus on the music rather than your treatment.

Discuss Dental Sedation
Dental sedation can help you more than you might realize. Dentists offer it to their patients to provide a calm and relaxing dental experience. There are many sedative options available, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation. If you are interested in taking advantage of a sedative, please feel free to discuss your options with your dentist.

Determine a “stop” signal
Having a stop signal will help you have the control you want during your appointment. Whenever you feel nervous, scared, or uncomfortable, just show your dentist the signal and he will give you the break you need. The signal could be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound.

Plan Breaks
Before you start the treatment, ask your dentist about the process involved. Have him tell you exactly what to expect during the appointment and find some time to plan a few breaks. Knowing what to expect and having the chance to relax for a minute will help you feel better in the hands of the dentist.

If you would like more tips and help on relieving your dental anxiety and fears, please feel free to call Modern Dentistry of New England at 860-582-4485 and talk to a member of our dental team. Dr. Sherif Gabr will also be happy to help you in any way he can. We look forward to hearing from you!