Is It Normal to Be Anxious to Visit the Dentist?

Dental anxiety is very common. In fact, some people become so anxious they don’t go to the dentist at all. While dental phobia is more severe and may require professional treatment, dental anxiety alone isn’t something you can’t overcome. Luckily, there are ways to feel less anxious. And it starts by understanding what aspects of the dental visit have you nervous the most.

Understand the Cause of Dental AnxietyPhoto by <a href="">Atikah Akhtar</a> on <a href="">Unsplash</a>

Before dealing with anxiety, it’s important to figure out the underlying cause. Some of the most common causes include the following:

Bad experience

Often, anxiety stems from a previous dental visit that didn’t go well. One bad experience makes the person believe all dentists are bad and should be avoided. Overcome this fear by finding a new dentist who makes you feel comfortable.

Fear of pain

Pain isn’t something most people enjoy. From the sound of the electric toothbrush to the pick used to scrape away plaque, people are afraid that even a dental cleaning will hurt. It’s even worse if something more is needed, such as filling a cavity or pulling a tooth. However, today’s dental professionals have new ways of eliminating and reducing pain during your visit. So talk with your dentist about pain management and put your mind at ease.

Feeling embarrassed

Anxiety might be an embarrassment if you don’t have the straightest or healthiest teeth. Dentists have seen it all and just want to help you feel better and restore your dental health. Talk with your dentist about your embarrassment and anxiety. 

Fear of needles or anesthetics

Some people have an aversion to needles, whether used to numb an area of the mouth or administer anesthesia. Overcome this anxiety by discussing numbing agents and other anesthesia options with your dentist. They’ll use methods that make you comfortable.

Too many people in close quarters.

Sometimes, it’s not the dentist at all. Instead, it’s a fear of having people invading your personal space. This is especially true when someone’s just inches from your face in an enclosed space. Discuss your concerns with your dentist, who might be able to keep the room open and bright and limit the number of people in the room with you at a time.

Fear of finding something wrong

Finally, you might fear that a simple dental cleaning will unveil something more serious that may require surgery. Don’t let these fears keep you away. The sooner you get to the dentist, the sooner you can catch oral health concerns before they require complex treatments or procedures.

You’re Not Alone with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is completely normal. In fact, Psychology Today states that most people can push past it with no problems. The key is to talk to your dentist about your anxiety. They want you to feel comfortable and relaxed and will prioritize making the visit as easy and stress-free as possible.

If you’re feeling stressed, contact us today to see how Tate Family Dentistry can help relieve the anxiety.

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