From children to adults visiting the dentist’s office can be a reason for anxiety. This fear can even develop into a phobia of the dentist the dentist tools and even the dentist chair. Here you will find how talk therapy can help with anxiety and prevent it from becoming a phobia.
Talk therapy techniques such as;
- Controlled breathing
- Muscular relaxation
- Gradual exposure to the object of their fear.
- Using cognitive behavioral therapy instead of relying on sedation
Meanwhile here are a few tips that may help you overcome your fear of the dentist;
- Go to your appointment with someone you trust, such as a close relative who has no fear of dentists. Friends and relatives may even be able to sit with the patient during treatment depending on the rules of the clinic.
- Seek distraction while in the dentist’s chair. Listen to your own music on headphones. Or find a dentist with a TV or other distractions available in the treatment room.
- Try relaxation techniques like controlled breathing. This consists of taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it out slowly. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles. Another technique is progressive muscle relaxation. Which involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in turn.
Options could include;
- local anesthetic,
- nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”),
- oral sedatives
- IV sedation