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How to Overcome Dental Fear — Tips from Dr Sheetal Sachdeva

Do you feel calm before your dental appointment, or are you a little anxious about a visit to the dental office?

Do you keep on thinking about it days or weeks before the appointment?

Are you terrified about dental treatments and worry about it all the time?

Do those things that are supposed to make visits more comfortable just seem to increase the feeling of anxiety and being out of control — like anti-anxiety medications, nitrous oxide or local anaesthesia — numbing the treatment area?

Whichever end of the spectrum you might be on, it may be helpful to know that you are not alone.

Common Dental Fears

People often think that dental fear is about being afraid of injections or the drill.

While you may have these fears, there are often other problems, including:

  • being humiliated or told off
  • not having control
  • fear of not getting numb
  • choking or gagging
  • fear of allergic reactions
  • fear of unnecessary treatment
  • not being able to cope with the news of what needs to be done

Visit us at Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic for more information and possible solutions!

Tips for Overcoming Dental Fear Effectively

Whether you’re ready to face your fear or getting ready to gradually see the dentist, the following tips can help you stay relaxed during your appointment:

  1. See your dentist at a less busy time of day, such as the morning hours. There will be fewer people and fewer tools making noises that could trigger your anxiety.
  2. Bring noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds with music to help you relax.
  3. Ask a friend or loved one to come with you during your appointment.
  4. Practise deep breathing and other meditation techniques to calm your nerves.

It’s alright if you need a break at any point during your dental visit. It is also helpful to establish a “signal” with your dentist in advance, so they know when to stop.

You can either continue with your visit when you’re ready or return another day when you feel better.

Beat your Dental Fear with your Trusted Wantirna South Dentist

It’s okay to be scared and to worry, which is part of the journey of coping with dental anxiety. Be kind to yourself.

When it comes to dental fear, your friendly Wantirna South dentist can help you deal with your concerns by giving the most suitable solution you ever need.

Your dental care partners at Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic aim to offer you a comfortable and pain-free dental experience whenever you visit us.

Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic is located on Stud Road by Burwood Highway in Wantirna South. We are by public transport and offer free and convenient parking.

We offer late afternoon and early evening hours, as well as emergency treatment. You can reach us by phone or on our convenient online contact form.

If you want a dental surgery where the dentist takes time to find out your concerns and desires, and who makes decisions in consultation with you, our office is the best choice for you!

Our technology is unsurpassed, including SNAP Dental Imaging Software and “One-stop” CEREC restoration. Our training is top-notch.

We know the difference a caring staff and relaxing atmosphere can make to your dental experience, and we always take the time to get to know our patients personally.

Call us on (03) 9800 2338 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 287 Stud Road in Wantirna South.

Elite Smiles Wantirna South Dentist

At Elite Smiles Wantirna, we are dedicated to help you and your family in maintaining your overall dental health and improve the quality of your life. Our dental clinic has been around for 32 years, serving patients from Wantirna South, Burwood, East Ringwood, Knox City, Boronia, Bayswater, Rowville, Ferntree Gully, and Scoresby.

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