Anxiety in dentistry is commonplace, for some it can range from a bit of unease before a visit to an all out panic attack on the day. There are lots of things that can make us anxious and feel afraid. Sometimes these are things that help protect your from harm or danger, other times these fears can hinder us. Avoiding situations that cause you fear can begin to prevent you from doing things you want or need to do. How do you know if a situation will be as bad as you think if you never try? You often miss the opportunity to learn to manage your fear and can increase your anxiety by doing so trapping you in a vicious cycle, unable to access the dental treatment you need.
Your anxiety with dentistry can sometimes stem from a previous bad experience or concern regarding the state of your teeth and fear of judgment. We understand lots of patients feel this way and are here to help. We have a team of experienced and caring clinicians who are ready to work with you and help you overcome your anxieties at a pace you’re comfortable with.
Some strategies to try and help make your next dental visit less stressful include:
Discussing your anxieties with your dentist and letting them know what you’re most nervous about can help us to work together to help you and plan your care with a gentle, more tailored approach. Remember things will get better over time and as you get to know your dentist you will build trust and find your fears will start to lessen and eventually you will find it easier to be treated and your teeth, in the longterm, will thank you for it.Back to blog