dental visits are vital for maintaining good oral health, but about 10 percent
of Americans experience dental anxiety. Even though dental insurance results in
extremely affordable dental care, approximately 20 percent of people only visit
the dentist when absolutely necessary out of sheer fear.
when people avoid the dentist, more severe problems can develop, which makes
them even more scared to go to the dentist. It’s a vicious cycle that can be
broken if you take steps to reduce your dental anxiety. Start with these tips.
in advance: Schedule your dental appointment at a time that’s
convenient for your schedule. The last thing you need is added stress from an
appointment that makes your day more hectic. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep
so you’re well rested and as relaxed as possible. Avoid caffeine or any other
stimulants that could make you less relaxed before your visit.
your anxiety: Be sure to tell your dentist about your anxiety so he or
she can take extra care to make the experience less stressful. Tell your
dentist what helps you relax, whether it be a good TV program playing in the
background or listening to your favorite music via earbuds. Establish a hand
signal that you can use to signal your dentist to stop if you need to take a
ways to relax: Some people have found great success in calming themselves
with techniques like controlled breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
These can be practiced both in and out of the dentist’s chair to increase
oxygen flow to your brain and soothe your body.
medication: If your anxiety is too strong, using certain medications
may make the experience easier. Ask your dentist if nitrous oxide or sedative
pills are safe for you to use for a dental visit.
with dental anxiety, it’s important to get the care you need. Luckily, dental
insurance makes visits affordable so you don’t have to worry about the bill
Protect your smile today. Call Mitchell
& Mitchell Insurance Agency at (415) 883-2525 for more
information on Los Angeles dental insurance.