Never allow anxiety to interfere with your dental health. While that may be easier said than done, it is possible. According to researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, patients who have overcome dental anxiety look for little distractions and employ such strategies as prayer, optimism, and mental distancing.
In addition, it pays to keep an open mind and to alert your dentist about exactly what triggers your anxiety. This way, you can make it easier for your dentist and the dental office staff to react accordingly and avoid misinterpreting a sudden, fear-driven outburst. Establishing trust, after all, requires both parties to pull their respective weights.
“Dr. Karibe believes that the findings can help develop new cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) methods focused on dealing with these parts of the brain. A Crawley dentist like those practicing at Broadway Dental Care, is no stranger to CBT in dealing with dental anxiety. In fact, it’s the method of choice by many dentists and psychologists.
Simple CBT techniques involve listening to patients’ concerns regarding dental procedures. In one study, it was found that patients who had to rely on sedation dentistry to alleviate dental phobia only needed some pep talk from the professionals to feel at ease. This resulted in a long-term feeling of security that made dental fear a thing of the past for the patients.”