Top Tips For Reducing Dental Anxiety

We understand a trip to the dentist can be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people, but some of us experience higher levels of anxiety which we refer to as ‘Dental Anxiety”. 

With the help of our dental professionals at Coolangatta Dental Group, we have summarised a few strategies to support you through your dental journey in order to make you feel more comfortable and at ease. 

Tip 1: Communication

With any health provider, communication is key. Ensuring you have chosen a Dental provider you can be honest with about the ways in which you experience anxiety is really important. Not only will this allow your Dentist to understand your needs but it will allow your concerns to be addressed so that when you undergo your dental treatment, your experience will no doubt be considerably more comfortable.

Tip 2: Music & Meditation

Over many years we have come to learn the sounds of the dental practice can have an affect on patients. Plug in your headphones and listen to your favourite music during your visit. Better yet, why not listen to a podcast or a guided meditation to help you through your time in the dental chair? This is a great idea if the sounds of the dental tools and devices contribute to you anxiety. Load up a playlist with your favourite tunes and escape into your music while your dentist gets to work. Think of it as ‘time out” and before you know it, you’ll be on your merry way.

Tip 3: Support

Bring along a friend that can offer support you and help ease your anxiety. Our team understand a dental experience can be overwhelming and by having someone familiar in the room with you will have a calming effect. 

Tip 4: Talk it Out

Asking your dentist what is involved with your treatment can provide an understanding of what you’ll experience. If the fear of the unknown makes you anxious, ask your dentist to run through their plan for your visit. If you feel more at ease knowing what is happening and when, you can ask our dentists to give you commentary during your treatment. That way, you’ll have a clear understanding of the process and what is occurring.

Tip 5: Essential Oils

If you’re an essential oils and homeopathic elixirs lover, this may be for you. Lavender, Bergamot oil, or ylang-ylang fragrant oils are just some examples of essential oils that may help reduce your anxiety. Certain herbal treatments such as Chamomile, Passion Flower and Valerian may also have the same effect. However, it’s highly important to first consult your doctor about herbal medicines before ingesting any of these options, particularly on the day of your treatment.

Tip 6: IV Sedation

If your anxiety is severe, IV sedation (commonly known as sleep dentistry) may be an option for you. At Coolangatta Dental Group, we offer IV sedation for a wide variety of dental treatments from Wisdom Tooth Removal to many cosmetic treatments. If this is the path you’re more inclined to take, you’ll need to consult with your dentist first about the right sedation type for you. Your dentist may even be able to perform more treatment whilst you are sedated. It’s most certainly a Win/Win approach!

Tip 6: IV Sedation

Last but not least – prevention! The best way to combat your anxiety is to prevent the need for intricate dental treatment in the first place. Regular dental visits for examinations and cleans will actually reduce your dental anxiety in the long term as you continue to develop trust with your dentist and you prevent the need for more complex treatments down the line. Making sure you are maintaining a good oral health routine and taking care of your teeth sufficiently may also reduce your time spent at the dentist, as you will know your teeth are likely in tip-top shape.

Everyone is different and we all handle anxiety differently. These are just some of the more common ways to help you feel comfortable at the dentist.

Make a booking online at any of our three Coolangatta Dental clinics and allow us to put you at ease on your dental journey.