Is taking better care of your oral health one of your new year’s resolutions? If dental anxiety has caused you to avoid regular checkups and oral health care, you’re not alone. A study published by Harvard Health indicates anywhere from 13%-24% of the population experiences dental anxiety. Avoiding the dentist can complicate care and damage oral health outcomes substantially, but there is hope. If one of your goals for the year is to prioritize your oral health, there are a variety of options to help you reach that goal.
Communication: The Key to Managing Dental Anxiety
While it’s not always easy to communicate phobias and fears, this particular anxiety is quite common. Great care providers are experienced in managing dental phobias, working without judgment to ease the fears of affected patients. It’s a good idea to inform the person making your appointment of your anxiety, and to reiterate your concerns upon arrival.
The best type of intervention is dependent on a number of factors, including your age and any existing health conditions, as well as the nature of the procedure.
Based on the conversation you have with dental health professionals, there are a number of interventions which could help mitigate your fears. These range from non-medicated and non-invasive techniques like visualization and deep breathing, all the way to pharmaceutical anxiety treatment or sedation dentistry. Together, you and your dentist can come up with an effective, soothing plan of attack to help you maintain your oral health without stress.
Working with Understanding Oral Health Care Providers
While dental anxiety is common enough for most care providers to have encountered it on numerous occasions, there are practices with a special emphasis on treating patients with this condition. A compassionate practice that offers services tailored to the needs of patients with dental phobias and fears is the ideal ally on your quest for better oral health.
Dr. Anitha Reddy is well-versed in the care of patients with dental anxiety in the Atlanta area. Call or contact Creative Dentistry & MedSpa today to speak with an understanding, compassionate professional ready to help you take the first step on a journey to better oral health.
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