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What Do Dentists Do to Relieve Anxiety?

 

Patients become anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons. This may include fear of receiving local anesthetic or concerns about the effectiveness of the anesthesia. Negative past experiences also may play a large role in a patient's anxiety, as well as financial concerns.

 

Your dentist works to reduce your anxiety before you even set foot in the dental office. This process begins when you make your appointment. Your dentist's office staff has been trained to tell you what to expect and to answer any questions you have to ensure that you will be comfortable during your visit. An understanding of your dental services and treatment can help to relieve dental anxiety. Make sure you ask questions and request informational materials, if desired.

 

Reviewed: January 2012

 
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