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Understanding dental anxiety


Dental anxiety is a widespread issue that affects a significant portion of the population. Many people experience stress, fear, and apprehension at the prospect of visiting the dentist. At Maeoris Dental, we recognise the challenges that dental anxiety can pose and are committed to helping our patients overcome these concerns. 

By addressing dental anxiety proactively, we aim to help our patients maintain optimal oral health, improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a positive and stress-free experience at the dentist. At Maeoris Dental, we are committed to being a trusted partner in your journey towards a healthier, happier smile.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is the fear or stress people feel about going to the dentist. This can range from mild worry to extreme phobia. Some people even avoid the dentist completely because of this anxiety.

Common signs of dental anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous or restless in the waiting room
  • Feeling distressed or panicked at the sight of dental tools
  • Having trouble sleeping before a dental appointment
  • Feeling physically sick at the thought of visiting the dentist

Dental anxiety can be very challenging for those who experience it. But the good news is that there are ways to manage and overcome it. 

Causes of dental anxiety

There are several reasons why people may feel anxious about going to the dentist. Let’s understand some of these causes better: 

  • Past negative experiences at the dentist
  • Fear of pain during dental procedures
  • Feeling a loss of control while sitting in the dentist’s chair
  • Embarrassment about the state of their teeth
  • Having generalised anxiety disorder

Identifying the root cause of one’s dental anxiety is an important first step in overcoming it. With this knowledge, people can work with their dentist to find coping strategies that address their unique concerns.

Tips to manage dental anxiety

  • Communicate your concerns

Discuss your anxiety openly with your dentist. At Maeoris Dental, we prioritise understanding your fears to tailor our approach for your comfort.

  • Gradual exposure

Begin with simple procedures, such as cleanings, and progressively move to more complex treatments. 

  • Explore sedation options

For severe anxiety, discuss sedation options with your dentist. Maeoris Dental offers various sedation methods to ensure a stress-free experience.

Managing dental anxiety with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Individuals with generalised anxiety disorder often experience excessive, uncontrollable worry about various aspects of life, including dental visits. This can make dental anxiety more pronounced and challenging to manage. The constant state of anxiety associated with GAD can amplify fears and make routine dental procedures seem daunting.

If you have GAD, it’s essential to inform your dentist about your condition. We understand that GAD can make everyday tasks more challenging, and dental visits are no exception. Our team is dedicated to providing a compassionate and patient-centred approach, that might include extra time to discuss your concerns, the use of calming strategies, and the option of sedation if necessary. 

The Maeoris Dental approach

Dental anxiety is common, but it should not stop you from getting the care you need. Understanding the causes and using practical strategies can help you overcome your fears and maintain good oral health. At Maeoris Dental, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

We take a holistic approach to care, recognising the impact of mental health on oral health. Our team works closely with you to create a supportive and understanding environment, ensuring your anxiety is managed effectively during visits. It is important to acknowledge that while dental anxiety is common, it is not something to be normalised or ignored. Addressing your anxiety is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being.If you’re ready to take the first step towards overcoming dental anxiety, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.

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