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Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety

03/02/12

  04:55:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety

Does the thought of a dental exam make your teeth chatter? Chances are, your anticipation will far exceed the actual event. But if that knowledge does nothing to calm your fears, WebMD offers a few suggestions, which we summarize here (you can read detailed tips at their website):

  • Go to that first visit with someone you trust, such as a close relative who has no fear of dentists. If possible, have him or her sit with you during treatment.
  • Seek distraction while in the dentist’s chair. Listen to your own music on headphones – preferably something new, so you’ll pay more attention to it – or find a dentist with a TV or other distractions available in the treatment room.
  • Try controlled breathing to relax. Take a big breath, hold it, and let it out very slowly, like you are a leaky tire. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles.
  • Review with your dentist which sedatives are available or appropriate. Options include local anesthetic, nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedatives, and intravenous sedation.
  • If you can’t bring yourself to go to any dentist, consider seeing a psychologist first.

By the way, if you’re covered under a MedBen Dental plan, here’s something else to keep in mind: Members have complete freedom of provider choice, so there are no limitations as to which dentist you can use. If one doesn’t “cater to cowards” as advertised, you’re welcome to take your teeth elsewhere.

Employers who would like to know more about MedBen Dental can contact Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at (888) 627-8683.

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