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Did you know there is a condition in which individuals are afraid to visit their dentist or the dentist office? This condition is known as dental anxiety, and it’s most common in younger individuals. However, it can strike at any age and make individuals less likely to visit their dentist. Fortunately, it can be treated, so you can receive the oral health care you need. Listed below are a few of your treatment options:

– Often times, dental anxiety is linked to fears of uncomfortable pain during a dental procedure. However, numerous forms of sedation and anesthetics can be used to provide you with a calming and relaxing treatment as needed. In the case of complex surgeries that may be needed for your oral health, your dentist can provide you with the anesthetics to put you into a deep sleep from which you will not awake until the anesthesia wears off.
– Consider the use of a stress-relieving toy to take your mind off of any procedures. Calming and relaxing music can help as well. Also, try picturing yourself at a place that brings you joy. This includes a calming beach, garden, or anywhere else that can help you relax.
– The fear of the unknown is often associated with dental anxiety, so speak up to your dentist about any concerns you may have.
– Breathing slowly and deeply can help reduce stress-related anxieties.

To learn more about dental anxiety, or to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, call Dr. Howard Glassman and our entire team at our dentist office in Diamond Bar, California at 909-860-0321.