Tooth Extraction Jitters - Strategies to Manage Your Anxiety
So what are your options now? What can you do in order that you feel calm when you walk into the surgery? You will find suggestions as per below, some requiring some input from yourself before the procedure, some are applicable for when you are in the surgery.
- First of all, identify what your fears are, otherwise even the best dentist in the world will not be able to assist you.
- Look for a dentist who has experience dealing with dental anxiety. Find one whom you are comfortable enough with to communicate your uneasiness and doubts about having your tooth extracted. It is important that you like your dentist and start to build trust with him.
- You need to know what you will be going through during the tooth extraction procedure. I encourage you to equip yourself with as much accurate information as you can before the fact as this generally helps ease unnecessary anxieties.
- For those who have to have a root canal done, a dental syringe and drill will be used. Some get nervous with the thought of the dental drill boring through the enamel of the tooth. For those of us who have to experience extraction, it is the dental syringe that will be used to inject into the gums, and for some, that is enough to cause them to go all clammy in the hands. I suggest you ask your dentist as to what tools will be used, how they will be used and how much pain you might feel.
- Do query the dentist with regards to sedatives that can relax you or advanced anesthetics that he could prescribe for the procedure. Know what your options are, find out if what he has prescribed will last throughout the procedure.
- Work out a method of communication. The dentist I go to suggests I raise my hand if I require him to stop mid way through the procedure.
- For some, the sound of the drill whirring can become a concern. If noises from the tools that the dentist use put you on edge, I suggest you put your headphones on and listen to the radio or your favourite music.
- If you generally consume tea or coffee, it might better to lay off the stuff as it could possibly add to your nervousness.
- Work out a payment plan with your dentist beforehand. However there is the option for you to get in touch with dental schools in your vicinity and query about quality dental care at lowered prices.
- Last but not least, learn to relax. Inhale deeply and slowly and above all, stay calm.