How to Manage Being Scared and Stressed at the Dentist

Nervous About Your Appointment at Warwick Dental?

If you get anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Some studies show nearly three-fourths of American adults experience anxiety or outright fear when they even think about visiting the dentist. About 1 in 10 Americans experience enough fear to classify it as a phobia. It’s okay. We at Warwick Dental know going to the dentist can seem scary!

But avoiding dental care as a result of dental anxiety can result in serious consequences for you and your teeth. Even if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, it’s extremely important to do what’s necessary to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

We want all of our Oklahoma City area patients to be as comfortable as possible when they visit our office, so we do everything we can to give our guests a comfortable, calming environment. But there are a few things you can do on your own to help make your visit a little easier.

The Importance of Managing Dental Anxiety

Avoiding dental care due to anxiety can have serious consequences for oral health. Despite feeling nervous, it’s crucial to prioritize dental visits to maintain oral hygiene and address any potential issues promptly.

Tips for Easing Dental Anxiety

Open Communication

  • Discussing concerns with your dentist can alleviate anxiety and clarify what to expect during the visit. Talk to us about your worries and explore potential accommodations to enhance comfort during your appointment.

Strategic Appointment Planning

  • Scheduling appointments on less stressful days can help minimize anxiety. Plan your visit for a day with minimal external stressors to ensure a more relaxed experience.

Deep Breathing Techniques

  • Deep breathing promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Practice deep breathing exercises before and during your appointment to help calm nerves and maintain composure.

Dental anxiety shouldn’t prevent you from receiving necessary dental care. By implementing these strategies and working together with your dentist, you can overcome anxiety and ensure a stress-free dental visit. If you have any concerns or questions about your upcoming appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Warwick Dental. We’re committed to providing a positive and comfortable experience for all our patients.


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