|The fear of pain. The fear of pain is common in adult patients, who were first exposed to dental treatments before the development of pain-free dentistry.
|The feeling that you have no control. While you are in the chair, you cannot see what is happening, and you have no control over what is going on with your mouth. This feeling of no control or complete helplessness can trigger anxiety.
|You may feel embarrassed about the condition of your mouth. Also, some people are uncomfortable with the proximity between them and the dental hygienist or dentist.
|Past experiences. Bad experiences in the past can shape the perception of what future treatments will be like, and can make you feel anxious.
|Communication. Letting us know that you feel anxious will help us to tailor your treatment to make you feel more comfortable. For instance, we can explain to you what we are doing as we are doing it.
|Taking breaks during treatment. Before treatment, we can establish a signal with you so that you can let us know when you need a break.
|Listening to music. Calming music can aid in easing anxiety. You may also find some other type of distraction that can help to keep you calm, such as a stress ball or something similar.
|Sedation. We can also provide you with sedation to help you relax. For minor anxiety, nitrous oxide may be enough. This type of sedation is mild. It is inhaled through the nose and goes to work almost immediately. You are still completely conscious and able to respond to questions and requests. Once the procedure is over, the effects wear off just as quickly, and there are no lingering side effects. If you need stronger sedation, oral conscious sedation may be able to help.
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