Dental anxiety is very commonly encountered. Dental phobia is included and studied separately as a type of phobia. There are a lot of reasons for having dental anxiety or phobia. Most of the time it is due to traumatic past dental visits. It can be due to fear of needles or after knowing traumatic experiences of your friends or relatives.
Remember dental visits are necessary for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Ignoring dental visits due to anxiety can aggravate the condition and can lead to more expensive and long treatments.
There is evidence of an association between diseases of teeth and many systemic diseases, like Diabetes and Heart diseases. Well-maintained diabetes showed fewer gum diseases and tooth decay and vice versa.
Here are some top dental anxiety management techniques:
Once you identify the reason, discuss it with your dentist before getting your treatment done. Your dentist will counsel you on how to manage your anxiety.
Creating imaginary scenarios of places that make you happy while getting treatment helps you divert your attention and reduces your anxiety.