dental anxiety Tag

Anxiousness with dental visits is a problem that many patients experience. There are several reasons that could cause this anxiety, and with that several techniques that we could suggest to overcome or cope with it. Dental anxiety could arise from a few different reasons. Some patients feel that they have a lack of or no control during procedures. This could be because of the physical position they are in during dental visits, reclinedback and in a vulnerable state. It could be caused by the sense of not being able to communicate, with hands, tools, and devices in their mouths. It could be caused by the feeling of claustrophobia with a dental team physically leaning overtop of the patient. Or referring back to our most recent blog post, dental anxiety could be triggered by a traumatic experience in the past. No matter the reason for this anxiety, the team at Signal Hill Dental is knowledgeable and prepared with techniques to overcome and cope with these stresses. Coping Strategies with the Dental Team: 1. Hand signals or gestures: Before beginning your dental procedure, discuss with your dentist a simple hand signal or gesture. This could be something as simple as lifting a hand to indicate pain or your request to stop. This will help you gain more control during the procedure.