Coping with dental anxiety can be very difficult. The reality is regular visits to the dentist prevent big problems in the future. Brushing and flossing at home can make a difference in the condition of your teeth, but professional cleanings by a hygienist are still necessary. If you don’t get your teeth cleaned every 6 months, or as recommended, it can lead to fillings, crowns, root canals or even extractions! Many people are afraid they will be in pain at the dentist. I’m telling you, dentistry has come a long way! There is very little discomfort involved in dental procedures anymore. Numbing gel is placed in your mouth before injections to eliminate feeling the initial ‘poke’. Dr. Bomstad uses a dental wand to administer injections, you can’t even feel the anesthetic going in. There are also excellent pain medications that can be prescribed after the procedure. Managing pain is the easy part. Managing anxiety is a bit harder. Dr. Bomstad and his staff take plenty of time to explain procedures to you, so you feel comfortable and in control the entire time. Breathing exercises and meditation can help control your breathing and heart rate. Distractions can help like stress balls or headphones. If all else fails for you, there are medications that can be prescribed to ease your anxiety before a visit. I think you will find Bomstad Dental to be a place that will put your anxiety at ease, allowing you to have the best possible experience.