Dental anxiety is common. Most people experience some level of anxiety when they visit the dentist. That’s normal. However, for some people, anxiety is a problem that needs to be treated. How do you know if your anxiety needs to be treated?
Here are four questions to ask yourself to gauge the level of your anxiety and whether it needs treatment.
Do I Avoid Needed or Wanted Dental Care?
One of the biggest questions when it comes to dental anxiety is if it’s keeping you from getting dental care.
Are avoiding making your regular dental checkups because of your anxiety? Do you know you have a dental problem that needs care, but you don’t want to go? Do you have cosmetic or other optional procedures you wish for, but can’t get because you are too afraid of the dentist? If the answer to any of those questions is “yes,” then you need to do something about your dental anxiety.
Does My Worry Make Life Unpleasant before My Appointment?
For most people, dental anxiety doesn’t rise to the level that stops you from getting care. However, there are many people who will make a dental appointment (and even go to it), but worry for days, even weeks beforehand.
Preoccupation with your dental visit for days before your appointment is not normal, and it’s a sign that you should consider treatment for your anxiety. Watch for signs like poor sleep, irritability, changes to your diet, nausea or other symptoms of anxiety.
Does Anxiety Make My Appointments Worse?
Just because you manage to sit in the dental chair doesn’t mean you don’t need, or, at least, deserve treatment for your anxiety. People with dental anxiety may have difficulty getting numb at the dentist. They may have a heightened gag reflex. And they might experience more discomfort from dental procedures. You shouldn’t have to suffer during your dental appointments, and should consider treatments that make your appointments better.
Do I Experience Soreness or Exhaustion after an Appointment?
Not only can anxious patients experience more discomfort during a dental appointment, they might feel much worse afterward. Not only can you exacerbate your own pain by focusing on it, you might experience sore muscles from tensing up through your visit. People can experience jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, back pain, and soreness in their hands and arms from being so tense during a visit.
Other times, people are just so exhausted from tensing up (plus possibly not sleeping well before) that they lose an entire day to their dental appointment. You deserve a better dental experience than that.
A Drug-Free Method for Relaxing at the Dentist
One of the reasons why people don’t do anything about their dental anxiety is that they think the only solution is drug-based sedation dentistry. People don’t want to chemically stress their bodies in exchange for reducing stress on the brain. Plus, sedation can make you feel groggy and unable to think so you effectively lose an entire day to your dental appointment. You have other things to do–you can’t spare that kind of time.
Fortunately, there’s a better way. NuCalm can help you overcome your dental anxiety without drugs. Neuroscience lets NuCalm shut off your body’s anxiety response so you can be comfortable and worry-free at the dentist. And unlike sedation drugs, with NuCalm, you’ll feel energized and inspired after your dental appointment. Far from losing a day, you might find that you’re much more productive than usual after a dental appointment with NuCalm.
Find a NuCalm dentist near you and make an appointment today to overcome your dental anxiety.