Dental anxiety is a serious issue; several studies say that people who are suffering from dental anxiety have bad oral health. Here are five most effective tips for preventing and beating dental anxiety in children.
1. Don’t wait until the pain increases to visit the Dentist
Do not wait until you experience extreme pain and then visit the dentist. It is the worst thing that you can do. Once the pain worsens, you might require an extraction or root canal treatment. Extractions and root canals are very much unpleasant and they can be quite excruciating as well. You need to visit the dentist once in every six months, when you experience signs of dental discomfort.
2. Find the right Dentist
Not all the dentists are great in dealing with anxious patients. It is very much important to find a caring dentist who can take care of your oral health. You can also ask your family members and friends and seek recommendations to spot a good dentist. You need to book for a consultation before your start treatment with the dentist; ensure that the dentist is caring enough before you agree for the treatment. If you are not feeling comfortable at the time of consultation, then you need to continue searching until you find the right dentist for you.
3. Discuss Dental anxiety openly with your Dentist
Discuss your dental anxiety. Be open and explain to your dentist why you are scared about the treatment; a good dentist will help you overcome your fear, and recommend you the best measures to counter your anxiety.
4. Consider General Anaesthesia and Medications
If you have severe dental anxiety, then you can discuss premedication options with drugs like valium and usage of nitrous oxide. Anxiolytics like valium can effectively help uneasy patients to manage dental anxiety. Dental practices with nitrous oxide can help patients to feel at ease throughout the procedure.
Dentists perform dental procedures with the help of general anaesthesia, which involved very little risk.
5. Good Oral Hygiene
You need to start brushing your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste. Having healthy gums and teeth is the best possible way for avoiding a dentist’s drill, and boosting your self-confidence as well as reducing anxiety.
Of course, upholding better oral health lessens the necessity to seek help from dental professionals. Dr. Rainford provides both nitrous and medications. Come in for a consult today so we address your fears and establish a treatment plan.