If you suffer from a severe case of dental phobia, there’s a good chance that anxiety may be the root of it. And thankfully, anxiety is a problem that can be treated and resolved.
The statistics surrounding anxiety are severe: approximately 18% of all Americans suffer from some form of anxiety. This may be a big part of why you feel so afraid when you go to the dentist: your anxiety is out of control. In fact, anxiety may not even be related to visiting the dentist, but to other personal concerns.
Although anxiety often manifests itself in very personal ways, there are several specific symptoms that can help you gauge whether or not you suffer from excessive anxiety. If you suffer from multiple examples of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance you have anxiety:
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty dealing with people
- Fear of pain
- Nightmares about visiting the dentist
- Terror when being confined (such as to a dentist chair)
These symptoms vary depending on the person. For example, you may be able to handle the pain of the dentist, but simply can’t handle being sedated for more severe dental surgeries.
Dealing With Anxiety
Many people use relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing and yoga, to calm their anxiety before visiting a dentist. Others may visit the office without an appointment or meet with the dentist in person to feel more comfortable. In severe cases, anxiety medicine may be necessary.
To learn more about you can beat dental phobia and personal anxiety, please contact us. We can help you regain control of your dental health in a safe and comfortable manner.