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4 Simple Ways to Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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  • July 30, 2018

It is not uncommon for individuals to avoid dental visits out of fear of the experience. Sometimes, it’s as a result of an unpleasant experience earlier in life; sometimes the sound of dental equipment can cause anxiety, as can anticipation of bad news.

However, avoiding the dentist can have serious dental consequences, including: 

  • tooth and bone loss
  • stained, uneven, or discoloured teeth
  • periodontal disease
  • pain, discomfort, and difficulty eating
  • higher risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes and stroke 

Our Calgary Holistic Dentist Takes Care of Your Entire Well-Being Our holistic Calgary dentist strives to provide our patients with the highest quality dentistry services using the safest, most modern techniques and equipment. We’re dedicated to a holistic approach to oral health care, using products that promote your dental and overall well-being. Want to know more?

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4 Tips For Easing Your Dental Phobia

Dental phobia is an intense feeling of fear or dread and patients who experience it will typically do anything to avoid dental visits and treatments. Typically, they’ll only visit the dentist when their condition becomes overwhelming.

REMEMBER: Dental anxiety doesn’t just result in poor oral health. It can also affect your overall well-being and may pave way for other health problems, low self-esteem, and a poor quality of life.

If you are afraid of the dentist, here are 5 simple tips that may help you relieve some of your anxiety:

1. Recognize Your Fears The first step to eliminating your fear of the dentist is to address and better understand your feelings. Write your fears down so that you can talk about them more easily later. Coming face-to-face with your fears will not just help you recognise them, but will also aid your dentist in explaining what’s causing your anxiety and helping you deal with it.

2. Find the Right Dentist

A big part of overcoming your dental fears is choosing the right dentist to work with. Look up local listings and ask your family and friends for recommendations.

Remember, a good dentist will:

  • take the time to help you fully understand your procedure to help ease your mind. 5
  • offer assurance through an understanding of your fears without making you feel judged.
  • tailor a treatment plan suited for your particular needs.
  • devise cues and signals so you can take a break from the treatment anytime you feel uncomfortable.

At our Calgary dental clinic, you have complete control

Many patients experience anxiety because they fear the unknown or feeling like they do have control. This is why we make sure to keep you fully informed.

At consultations and appointments, Dr Korol and our hygienists go over all aspects of your oral health including current conditions, recommended treatments, and an in-depth explanation of any required procedures and why they’re necessary.

3. Bring a Companion to the Appointments

Bringing someone with you to a dental appointment, whether it’s a friend or family member, can offer an extra layer of support and assurance. If possible, see if your loved one can keep you company even during the procedure.

TIP: Make sure to go with someone who doesn’t have any fears of visiting the dentist. Moreover, schedule your appointment in the morning so you’ll spend less time dwelling on your anxiety.

4. Consider Sedation Dentistry

Are you feeling worried about your upcoming dental procedure? Our team offers safe and effective sedation dentistry services to help induce a relaxed state in our patients so they feel more comfortable and less anxious during their treatment.

Some of the benefits of this service include:

  • pain-free dental experience
  • quicker treatment time
  • no more fear or anxiety

you’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist Sedation dentistry allows you to be comfortable throughout your procedure and ensures that you have a more positive and relaxed experience as your teeth are being treated.

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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our holistic dental treatments and how our team can make your experience as pleasant as possible, contact our Calgary dentist at 403-245-9099 or book an appointment.


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