It’s common for patients to feel dental anxiety or uneasiness before or during their dental appointments. We see patients coping all of the time, so you are not alone. Here are some tips to help you overcome your fear of the dentist:

Talk with your dentist and/or dental hygienist about your dental anxiety.

Oftentimes just a little explanation of the procedure scheduled helps ease your discomfort because you know what to expect. Our office understands few people really want to be at the dentist and we strive to make your visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Patients often say that their fears were worse than the actual procedure and that if they’d only known what to expect they would have been less anxious.

Wear headphones during your appointment to help block out sounds.

Everyone’s pain threshold is different. Don’t be afraid to ask for a numbing agent if you weren’t offered one or if you’re in pain—your dentist will not want to proceed unless you’re comfortable.

Bring someone you trust to your appointment to help provide comfort and reduce dental anxiety.

Arrive early to your appointment. Stress management can start just by reading a magazine in the waiting room.