If you feel stressed or anxious about your dental checkups, you could be suffering from dental anxiety. Here at our dental office in Sterling, Virginia, Dr. Rick Jackomis understands people have anxiety in the dental chair, which is why he wants to give you a basic understanding of dental anxiety, and do everything in his power to ensure you feel safe and comfortable in our care.
Dental anxiety is a medical condition where people feel fear, stress, or have severe anxiety about visiting the dentist and undergoing any dental treatment. This condition keeps people afraid to get their semi-annual checkups and cleanings, which can lead to serious oral health problems if their cavities or gum disease is left unchecked. Luckily, there are several things you can do on your own to help you ease your dental anxiety.
One tip is to try wearing headphones to listen to movies or music while you are in the dental chair. This could help you feel more comfort and relaxation in the dental chair. Working out a signal with your dentist like waving your hand could also help you if you need a pause or a timeout during treatment. An essential thing to remember is to be open about your feelings so we can do what we can to help you each step of the way.
Our talented and professional dental team wants you to feel safe in our care. If you feel stressed or anxious at all about coming in, please tell us so we can work with you. If you feel you are ready to come in for a dental check-up, please call us today at 703-444-9244. Our talented dental team is happy to help you in any way we can.