6 Ways to Overcome Dental Fear

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The time has come for a dental appointment at Dental Designs of Bountiful, but you are a little nervous. You are not alone in your worries. You may be surprised to learn that dental fears and anxieties are not uncommon. Luckily, there are ways for you and your dentists to overcome your nervousness together.

Tell your dentists about your fears right away. From your first phone call to schedule an appointment, be honest and upfront about your fears. That way, Drs. Duke, Keddington, and Albertelli can meet your dental needs while helping you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Go to your first appointment with someone you trust. Bring a close relative or a friend who is comfortable with dental offices with you to your first visit.

Establish a signal. Establish a cue, like raising a hand, to let your dentists know that you are uncomfortable and you would like them to stop for a minute. This can give you the chance to rinse, or even catch a breath.

Seek distraction while in the dental chair. Listen to music with headphones during treatment. Another good distraction is watching TV in the treatment room.

Try relaxation techniques. Controlled breathing may help. Take a deep breath, hold it, and then release it slowly. Another useful technique is called progressive muscle relaxation. Tense and relax different muscle groups in turn.

We invite you to contact our welcoming dental office today to learn more and to schedule a reservation with our dentists in Bountiful, Utah. Our team is excited to get to know you!