Dental anxiety is common among adults and children. Not only are you putting your health at risk of missing your dental care appointments, but your overall mental health can also be affected.

Here are some tips on how to overcome this anxiety:

1) Schedule an appointment to talk with the dentist about your fears and concerns what occurs during an exam – take a tour of the office and meet the staff before you have any work completed.

2) During your exam, have dentist explain every stage, so you can prepare for what’s to come.

3) Establish communication with your dentist such as a hand signal if you need the dentist to stop or you need to take a deep breath.

4) Explore sedation techniques that are safe and will help make you comfortable.