If your dentist has recently informed you that you’re going to need a tooth extracted, you might have a million different questions racing through your mind! This can understandably lead to some anxiety and fear concerning the upcoming procedure; however, you have absolutely nothing to worry about, as your dentist has your smile’s best interest in mind! Here are some helpful tips for overcoming your fear of tooth extractions so that you can feel totally comfortable about the process.
Tip #1. Knowledge Is Power
People inherently fear what they don’t understand—so knowing as much as possible about the tooth extraction process can prepare you for what’s to come! Your dentist will be able to answer any questions that you have before you sit down in the chair, and they’ll even be happy to walk you through the entire procedure from start to finish. Feeling fully informed about what happens before, during, and after a tooth extraction will help you find the confidence you need to undergo treatment.
Tip #2. Have Confidence That It Will Help
It’s also worthwhile and assuring to know why the extraction is being recommended. The procedure is often incredibly useful and necessary in these situations:
- A tooth has become irreparably damaged due to extensive decay or an abscess.
- A traumatic injury, such as a fracture beneath the gumline.
- Advanced gum disease has compromised the underlying bone structure, causing the corresponding teeth to become loose.
- Wisdom teeth that have become impacted while erupting.
Tip #3. Use Relaxation Techniques
Breathing techniques and meditation can be useful in any situation where you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and they’re certainly useful for when you’re suffering dental anxiety about a tooth extraction. A simple breathing exercise of breathing in for a count of four, holding it for a count of four, and then letting it out slowly for a count of six calms your body at a biological level, slowing your heart rate and signaling your muscles to relax.
Tip #4. Bring a Friend or Family Member
The companionship of a good friend or family member can go a long way towards calming your nerves. Knowing that you have a trusted person at your side during the extraction can help you feel less anxious in the moment. Not to mention, if you received dental sedation or anesthesia during the appointment, you’ll have a ride home!
Your dentist won’t extract your tooth unless they have a good reason, and that alone should put any doubts to rest. That said, if you’re still feeling anxious about your upcoming extraction, these tips are certain to make the process much smoother.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Lee received his DDS from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has taken countless hours of continuing education in a wide range of fields. His practice in Cambridge is pleased to offer several available services including tooth extractions. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Lee through his practice’s website or over the phone for assistance: (740) 432-8768.