Holistic Ways to Manage Dental Anxiety
Posted on: Friday, May 10th, 2019
Many people avoid the dentist because of fear. A study by the University of Washington Dental School found that about half of the people who avoid the dentist do so because of dental anxiety, and about 10 percent of Americans have severe dental anxiety. There are several ways that you can manage dental anxiety so you can get the oral care that you need.
Drowning It Out
Many people have dental anxiety that is worsened by the sounds of the dental work being performed. For some people, the sounds that are produced by the procedure are more anxiety-inducing than the physical sensations of the dental work being performed. Drowning out the noise and distracting yourself can greatly reduce your dental anxiety. Bring headphones to your appointment and have your phone loaded up with your favorite music, a comedy podcast, or an interesting audiobook.
There are some natural herbal remedies that can help reduce anxiety naturally. These include passionflower, valerian, and chamomile. There are also some compounded and branded herbal remedies for dental anxiety available. These herbal remedies are all natural and often produce no side effects, although you should talk to your doctor before ingesting any herbal remedy if you are on other medications or supplements.
Learning some breathing exercises can also help you while you are in the dentist’s chair. Breathing exercises have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve mental focus. If having your headphones on is not enough, practice deep breathing while distracting yourself with your music or audiobook.
If you have dental anxiety, don’t let it keep you from getting the dental work you need. Contact us today for an appointment, and we will help you manage your anxiety while providing you with excellent oral care.