Easing anxiety when visiting our dentist

Tuesday, 2nd August, 2022

Dental teams understand that many patients are nervous when they come in for their appointment. They work very hard to make sure that all of their patients feel at ease, from the moment they walk in the door until they leave. At our dentist Navan Dental we know that some patients may need a little more time and patience, and we are happy to oblige.

Dental anxiety is a common issue that many people face. It can be caused by a variety of things, such as childhood experiences, or the fear of surgery equipment or sounds. Whatever the cause, dental anxiety can make it very difficult to get the dental care you need.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that our dental team can do to help ease your anxiety. They will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. They will also explain all procedures in detail so that you know what to expect.

What is dental anxiety and what causes it?

Dental anxiety is a fear of dental procedures. It can be caused by a fear of pain, needles, or the dental teams themselves. Dental anxiety can also be caused by a previous bad experience at a dental surgery. If you have dental anxiety, you may avoid coming to see our dental team altogether. This can lead to more serious dental problems down the road. There are a few things you can do to ease your anxiety when visiting our dentist Navan.

How dental teams help patients with dental anxiety

If you're one of the many people who experience anxiety at the dental surgery, you're not alone. In fact, dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world. But don't worry – our dental team is here to help.

There are a number of things that we can do to help ease your anxiety and  make your experience more comfortable. For example, we can use numbing agents to help reduce any discomfort you may feel during treatment. We can also provide you with sedatives to help you relax.

If you're worried about needles, our dental team can use a dental dam – a sheet of latex that helps isolate the teeth being worked on so you don't have to see the needle. And if you're really struggling, our team can even provide you with general anaesthesia to help put you into a deep sleep during your treatment.

Tips for reducing your dental anxiety

For our patients who experience anxiety when visiting our surgery, there are a few tips that you can take to help to ease your worries. Talk to our dentist Navan about your concerns. The more our team  knows about your anxieties, the better they'll be able to address them and make you feel comfortable.

You can distract yourself during the appointment. Bring along a book or listen to music through headphones to help take your mind off of what's happening. Breathe deeply and evenly. Taking deep, slow breaths can help to relax your body and ease your concerns.

Try to visualise a calm place. Close your eyes and picture a peaceful setting, such as a beach or a meadow. Picturing yourself in this calm place can help to reduce your anxiety. And in the same vein try relaxation techniques. There are various relaxation techniques that can be powerful in reducing dental anxiety, such as progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery.

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