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It may come as a surprise to learn that many people feel nervous or stressed leading up to or during a dental appointment. There are even some who’s anxiety goes so far as to be described as a phobia. Their fear of the dentist will lead them to do whatever they can to avoid visiting a dental office.

There are many things that can lead to the development of dental anxiety, including:

– The fear of discomfort.
– Embarrassment. Some people feel ashamed to have a stranger looking into their mouth, particularly if they have dental flaws. In addition, many people may feel uncomfortable because of the physical closeness of the hygienist or dentist.
– Negative experiences. If an individual has experienced discomfort or pain during a past dental procedure, they are likely to feel more nervous the next time they visit the dentist.

If you experience dental fear or dental phobia, it is very important that you talk to us about it. Dr. Scharla Collins and our team can work with you to ensure your comfort when you visit our office. There are also things you can do to help reduce your stress and anxiety. These relaxation techniques include:

– Deep breathing.
– Progressive relaxation, during which you consciously try to relax each muscle of your body one at a time.
– Distracting yourself. You can bring music and headphones to our office.

For more information and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Mesquite, Texas, contact Texas Teeth at 972-270-2062 today.