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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

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Let's talk about something near and dear to our hearts: overcoming dental anxiety. We all know the drill when it comes to taking care of our health, but sometimes life throws obstacles in our way, right? Between deployments, moves, and family schedules, it's easy to put our oral health on the back burner. And let's not even mention the anxiety and embarrassment that can creep in when it's time to visit the dentist.

Fear is a natural response, especially when it comes to our health. Did you know that up to 75% of people feel some level of anxiety about dental care? And a whopping 22% avoid the dentist altogether because of fear. Yikes!

But fear not! We have a few tips to help you to conquer dental anxiety and get you the care you deserve! 

  1. Do Your Research: Ask around for recommendations and read online reviews to find a dentist who is gentle, compassionate, and kind. Building a sense of trust with your dental team can make all the difference.
  2. Talk About It: Don't be afraid to speak up about your anxiety. Your dental team is there to help, and they want to know how they can make your experience as comfortable as possible.
  3. Get Familiar: Knowledge is power! Ask your dentist to walk you through the procedure step by step so you know exactly what to expect. Understanding the process can help ease your anxiety.
  4. Ask For Control: Feeling out of control can be a major source of anxiety. Establish a signal with your dentist to indicate if you need a break or are experiencing discomfort during treatment.
  5. Talk About Sedation: If you need a little extra help relaxing, don't hesitate to ask about sedation options like nitrous oxide. Your dentist can help you find the right solution for your needs.
  6. Pick a Distraction: Bring along your favorite music or meditation app to help distract you during treatment. Noise-canceling headphones can also help drown out any anxiety-inducing sounds.
  7. Breathe: Remember to breathe! Deep, controlled breathing can help calm your nerves and keep stress at bay during your appointment.

Taking care of your oral health is a crucial step towards overall well-being. Don't let fear hold you back from getting the care you need. Remember, your dental team is there to support you every step of the way.

So take a deep breath, make that appointment, and take a step towards better health. You've got this!

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