Would you rather visit the dentist or swim with sharks? Five suggestions to help overcome dental anxiety.

Are you feeling apprehensive about visiting the dentist? You are not alone. According to the National Library of Medicine, an estimated 36% of the population struggle with dental anxiety, with an additional 12% suffering from extreme dental fear. Furthermore, a study done by the American Association of Endodontists, 41% of people would rather go swimming with sharks than get a root canal.

It’s normal for people to have anxiety about going to the dentist. However, letting your dental phobia stop you from going to the dentist can lead to negative consequences like….

  • An abscess tooth
  •  A broken tooth
  • Gum disease
  •  Cavities

In honor of Shark Week – Monticello Family Dentistry is here to help put your mind at ease. Going to the dentist regularly is only for your benefit. Here are five tips to help you take a bite out of your dental anxiety.

  1. Find the right dentist – The right dentist can make all the difference in the world. You’ll feel calmer and more confident about the care you are receiving.
  2. Bring a friend, family member, music or even a stuffed animal along to your appointment. Someone or something who will make you feel relaxed and at ease.
  3. Use relaxation techniques. Picture your whole visit being a great success. Many people find it useful to practice some deep breathing techniques.
  4. Let your dentist know. Tell us that you’d like to be walked through your entire procedure at the beginning of your appointment. Discuss a stop sign with our doctors, raising your hand for example if you need a break. Find out if your doctor thinks you’d be a good candidate for nitrous oxide.
  5. Think EARLY – Schedule early and arrive early. Scheduling your appointment in the morning will prevent you from having to dwell all day about your upcoming appointment. Arriving early will give you enough time to take it slow and avoid unnecessary stress from rushing.

Remember we are here to help – We will do everything possible to make sure your visit is a great experience.