Overcoming Dental Phobia
Do you have a dental phobia or dental anxiety? Whether you experience the extreme fear associated with dental phobias (odontophobia), or just feel a heightened level of anxiety in relationship to medical offices, Lovett Dental can work with you to provide a pain and stress-free dental experience.
Each of locations in the Greater Houston Area are staffed with experienced dentists that can help you overcome your fears of the dentist. Learn more about dental phobia below and ways to help cope with anxiety to make your experience with Lovett Dental as comfortable as possible.
Approximately 5-10 percent of adults in the United States report excessive fear that qualifies as dental phobia. If you’re among this group, you avoid the dentist at all cost. Unfortunately, this level of avoidance perpetuates the root cause of the phobia. By delaying visits to the dentist, existing problems (such as gingivitis) can become exacerbated and more serious dental work is required, thus perpetuating the trauma associated with emergency dental care.
While a small percentage of people have unmanageable fear associated with dental phobias, a much larger number of Americans have some level of anxiety associated with the dentist. This stress can be a result of many factors including:
- Fear of needles/injections
- Fear of pain
- Loss of control
- Loss of personal space
Fortunately, the dentists at Lovett Dental are trained to help fearful patients manage those anxieties as best they can. While there isn’t a blanket solution to these anxieties, here are several methods that may help you stay in control of your fears while visiting your dentist.
- Talk to Your Dentist – If your dental anxiety is connected to giving up control, talking to your doctor about the details of the procedure may set your mind at ease.
- Listen to Music – The sounds associated with dentist offices can be a trigger for patient anxiety. Playing music will drown out the noise and distract you from the procedure, so don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist about listening to headphones.
- Relaxation Techniques – Focus on your breathing to help keep your body relaxed and under control. For a list of useful breathing and relaxation techniques, visit helpguide.org.
- Agree on a Signal – Before the procedure starts, agree on a hand signal with your dentist. This can be a sign to your dentist that you’re in pain or you need to take a moment before proceeding, thus giving you some control over the situation and your anxieties.
- Sedation Dentistry – Lovett Dental practices sedation dentistry for patients. To find out if this is an option for your procedure, please talk with your dentist.
Take control of your anxieties by setting up an appointment with Lovett Dental today.