Overcoming Dental Phobia

dentist puts inhalation sedative mask on his patient.

Overcoming dental phobia and dental anxiety can be a daunting task. Most Americans have some degree of anxiety and phobia regarding dentists and the treatments they offer. So it’s no surprise that many avoid going completely or only attend when necessary, which puts their oral health at risk.

There are a few different things that you can try if you suffer from dental phobia yourself. Dr. Eric Wiitala of Scottsdale, AZ, works with patients to help them address their anxiety in an effective manner to ensure they get the care they need when they need it. Below are a few tips and recommendations from our team:

Many people find seeing a dentist who is local and familiar helps them feel more at ease in the treatment chair. Dr. Eric Wiitala builds a positive rapport with his patients, building a trusting relationship with time. This dentist-patient relationship can reduce anxiety.

Another option that many people have found helpful is the use of relaxation techniques while in the dental chair. For example, breathing exercises and visualizations can help you to feel less stressed, as well as focus on relaxing your jaw and neck muscles. Some practitioners also recommend listening to calming music during treatments. This can help keep your mind off any injections or other procedures taking place.

Alternatively, you can ask about the benefits of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a gas administered through the nose using a mask to provide immediate relaxation. Nitrous oxide can also assist with strong gag reflexes and pain management.

Request a Visit Today With Dr. Eric Wiitala

Talk to your dentist about your fear beforehand so he can work together to ensure you get the treatment you need without experiencing too much stress. If you are currently struggling with dental phobia, speak to our team today for more advice and tips on how to overcome it once and for all! Call 480-657-6981 to request a visit to his Scottsdale, AZ, facility.