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Managing Dental Anxiety

Most people with dental phobias feel utterly alone in their fear. Just remember you are not alone.

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you more comfortable.

If lack of control is one of your main stressors, actively participating in a discussion with your dentist about your treatment can ease your tension. Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at every stage of the procedure. This way you can prepare for what’s to come. Another tactic is to establish a signal — such as raising your hand — when you want the dentist to immediately stop. Use this signal whenever you are uncomfortable, need to rinse your mouth, or simply need to catch your breath.

Many people suffer from dental anxiety-Remember if you have dental anxiety please discuss this with your dentist