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5 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Tooth Extraction

July 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — pioneer @ 3:23 pm
Gloved hand holding an extracted tooth

You might be told that you need a tooth extraction as a result of severe decay or serious injury. No matter how necessary the procedure might be, you may still feel anxious about it. As such, it’s a good idea to look for ways to keep your fears under control so that they aren’t an obstacle to getting the care you need. Listed below are 5 helpful tips for patients who are afraid of tooth extraction.

1. Learn as Much as You Can About the Procedure

The less you know about a given treatment, the more frightening it can seem. Conversely, it’s easier to stay calm when you know what to expect. It’s therefore worth taking the time to learn as much as you can about the tooth extraction process before you undergo it. Your periodontist will be happy to explain the steps involved as well as what measures will be taken to keep you comfortable.

2. Remember Why You’re Having a Tooth Extraction Performed

Even if you’re worried about your tooth extraction, it’s important to remember that the consequences of not having it performed tend to be much worse. For example, sometimes an extraction is required because the tooth is badly infected. If the problem Is left alone, the infection may eventually spread and start to affect your jaw, head, and neck. Removing the tooth now could be key to avoiding more severe oral health issues.

3. Ask About Sedation Options

People who are afraid of tooth extractions (or have a fear of any sort of dental treatment) may benefit from sedation. Many practices offer nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation, and oral conscious sedation as ways to help their patients relax. Talk to your periodontist to see what types of sedation they offer as well as which kind they recommend for you.

4. Bring Someone to Support You on the Day of the Procedure

A tooth extraction can seem much less frightening when there’s a friend or family member nearby. Bringing someone who cares about you to your appointment can help you put your anxieties to rest, allowing you to stay calm throughout your visit. (It should be noted that bringing a trusted adult with you is a requirement if you plan on receiving IV sedation or oral conscious sedation since you’ll need someone else to drive you home.)

5. Practice Breathing Exercises

When your nerves are flaring up before your appointment, some simple breathing exercises can go a long way toward soothing them. One technique is to breathe in for four seconds, hold it for another four, and then breathe out while counting to six. There are other breathing techniques that may prove useful, so don’t be afraid to do a little research.

About the Practice

At Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we never pressure our patients or give them unnecessary sales pitches; we only let them know which treatments we recommend for protecting their oral health. We can perform tooth extractions when they’re needed and are happy to offer advice for keeping calm before and during the treatment. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation at our Lincoln office, visit our website or call (402) 483-7631.

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