How to ease dental anxiety

It’s not just children who are scared of the dentist. Dental anxiety can affect people of all ages! Dental anxiety is a sense of unease or dread associated with visiting the dentist, and can cause people to put off their check-ups and cleanings due to stress. 

However, regular dental visits are a vital part of keeping your mouth happy and healthy. So, before you cancel your next appointment, try these simple ways to soothe dental anxiety. 

Bring a supportive friend

Never underestimate the power of friendship, even in the case of overcoming dental anxiety. Ask a close friend or family member to join you at your next dentist appointment. Just having someone by your side can help relieve some of the stress you may feel! 

Try breathing exercises

Breathing exercises and mediation are both great ways to naturally alleviate stress or anxiety. In the waiting room at your next appointment, try breathing deeply with your hand on your stomach. 

Arrive to your appointments on time 

Being late to your dentist appointment is never a good idea, especially if you’re trying to stay stress-free. However, for those with dental anxiety, arriving too early to an appointment can also be stressful. Try to arrive just a few minutes early or right on time for your appointment to avoid stress. 

Talk to your dentist about your fears

Give your dentist a call and talk to them about your concerns before your next appointment. This will help alleviate any uncertainty about your next visit, and help your dentist accommodate your needs better.

Make your appointments 

Finally, make your next appointment directly following your visit. By getting something on the calendar, you’ve already accomplished the first step in overcoming dental fears and anxiety! Give Jackson Dental a call to book your appointment now. We’re happy to accommodate your needs and make your visit as comfortable as possible! 

Schedule your visit by calling (573) 243-5200 or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.