Tips For Calming Your Dental Anxiety

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According to an Australian study, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children suffer from dental anxiety. So, if you’re nervous about dental visits, you are not alone. Dental anxiety can often cause patients to put off going to the dentist, or not go at all. This can result in long-term negative effects on your oral health as well as your general health. 

Help Calm Your Dental Anxiety With These Tips

At Dental on York, we are experienced in treating patients with a fear of visiting the dentist. Our dental team is kind, gentle and compassionate. Here are some top tips from our dentists on how to overcome your fear of the dentist and receive the oral care you need to achieve optimal dental health.

Choose The Right Dentist

Choosing the right dentist is key. Your dental experiences are very much shaped by the environment and dental team at the practice you have chosen. It’s essential to choose a dentist who makes you feel at ease and a practice that offers a soothing environment. It will have an impact on your visits. 

Some dental practices cater more to nervous patients than others. A great way to find out about dentists worth considering is word-of-mouth. In the digital age we live in, reviews and details of the experiences of other patients are only ever a click away. 

We also recommend that you make contact with the dental practice over the phone before you visit them. Sometimes all you need is a chat with a friendly and helpful dental receptionist to help soothe your dental anxiety. This will also give you a good indication of the services they provide, the options available to you, and the chance to ask any questions. 

At our Sydney dental practice, our friendly front-desk team are more than happy to speak with you on the phone. And if you are a patient who suffers from dental anxiety, tell us. We’ll make sure we take extra special care to make it as easy as possible for you to come in for your dental visits. 

Know That Tooth Extraction is Last Resort

Once upon a time, tooth extraction was a lot more common than it is in modern dentistry. Many patients’ dental anxiety stems from the idea of needing to have teeth removed. These days we have many other treatment avenues to explore before we decide an extraction is necessary. 

At Dental on York, our aim is to do all we can to save your natural teeth. Removing a tooth is the last resort. What’s more, having a tooth extracted in 2021 is not the same as it was in 1950. The process is far simpler and modern-day anaesthetics and the way we administer them means you’ll hardly feel a thing!

Any great dentist will provide you with a variety of treatment options. At Dental on York, we value the uniqueness of each of our patients. We do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to providing dental care. We offer tailored and evidence-based treatment advice, and the final decision is always up to you. 

The Power of Distraction

Evidence suggests that by listening to something or watching something whilst occupying the dental chair, you can help soothe your dental anxiety. So, next time you visit the dentist, why not put in some headphones and listen to your favourite music or a podcast that grabs your attention. 

There are also many helpful breathing techniques and exercises you can do to help you relax. They lower your heart rate and help you let go of tension in your muscles. You can begin doing these in the waiting room, whilst waiting for your appointment, 

Enquire About Sleep Dentistry

If you need complex dental treatment and suffer from dental anxiety, there is the option of sleep dentistry. 

If you’re looking for a Sydney dentist who offers sleep dentistry, look no further than Dental on York. At our practice, we offer IV sedation which allows you to undergo your dental work in a relaxed, sleepy state.

If you’re interested in sleep dentistry, our experienced dentists can discuss it with you in an appointment. Often, once patients have visited our practice and got to experience our genuine care, they opt out of sleep dentistry. But you can put your mind at ease knowing there is always the option there if you need it. 

Practise Makes Perfect

In our experience, patients often anticipate their dental visits to be scarier than they actually are once they’re there. As with a lot of things, sometimes it’s taking the first step that is the hardest part. Once you’ve made it to your appointment, you’ll find that it’s not as bad as you thought it may be and you’ll feel a great sense of achievement by having made it there in the first place. 

Maintaining regular dental check-up appointments has many advantages that can help you overcome your dental anxiety. Visiting your dentist routinely allows you to build a trusting relationship with your dental team and feel at home in the environment. You’ll soon see that each dental visit will become that little bit easier.

It goes without saying that keeping up with your dental appointments can also help identify and treat any dental issues before they become major. This can save you having to go through complex dental treatment.


If you suffer from dental anxiety, the good news is – there are things you can do to relieve yourself of it. The tips in this article are a great place for you to start. 

At Dental on York, we aim to make every dental visit a positive experience. We treat every patient as we would our own family and do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible. Having a dentist you can trust is essential. We’d love to show you the Dental on York difference. 

Contact us to schedule an easy, stress-free appointment with one of our dental professionals. 

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