Dental Anxiety

Tips for Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open while a dentist does their job is not exactly a pleasant experience. However, dental visits can be a source of massive stress and anxiety for many people. This can cause them to avoid dental treatments even when it becomes an emergency. 

Dental fear or anxiety often stems from the fear of the unknown. People anticipate pain, and some may have a bad past dental experience which makes them fear the dentist and dental office. Before we move on to the tips, you must remember that dentists are there to ease your pain and suffering. That being said, here are our top tips for dealing with dental anxiety. 

Talk to us 

Knowing how your appointment will progress and the treatment you may need helps you prepare for the treatment in advance. It also eliminates any fear you may have. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to talk to us. This will also help us take special measures to ensure your treatment happens in a calm and comfortable environment.

Ask someone to accompany you 

Ask a family member or a friend you accompany you during your first dental visit. Seeing a familiar face provides you with a sense of relief and comfort. 

Arrive on time

Make sure you come on time or 10 minutes earlier. This gives you time to get to know your surroundings which can help you calm down and feel better. 


If you can feel your heart racing, take a break and breath. Deep breathing relaxes the mind as well as the body and helps you cope better. 

If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists, please reach out to us. Our team of friendly and excellent dental professionals will be there to assist you.