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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety before or during your dental procedure is a common experience for many patients. At Smiles of Memorial, we want you to be as comfortable as possible. Below are a few tips to reduce your dental anxiety.

Tell Us Your Concerns

Our goal at Smiles of Memorial is to make you feel relaxed. We strive to create open communication between our patients and our team. Many of our staff members use excellent tools to overcome dental anxiety. Dr. Dernick can even establish a signal with you before the procedure, such as raising your right hand, to let the staff know that you need a break. Tell us your concerns before and during your appointment so we can treat you best.


Relaxing your mind is the first step to relaxing your body and relieving your dental anxiety. Take deep, long breaths to slow your body and calm your worries. One way to relax is to count to four while inhaling, hold your breath for two counts, and exhale for four counts. This technique works best before your appointment or on a break during the appointment. A technique you can use during the procedure is progressive muscle relaxation. Tighten a muscle group, such as your leg or foot for three counts and then relax the muscle. This will loosen your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.

Ask Questions

Many times patients have dental anxiety during their dental appointment because they are not sure what the dentist will do. Your questions are welcomed! If you are unsure about the procedure or you would like further clarification, please ask Dr. Dernick or our Smiles of Memorial team. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have.

Over 20% of Americans avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety. You are not alone! Dr. Dernick and his team can help you feel more comfortable on the day of your appointment. To take the first step in overcoming your dental anxiety, call Smiles of Memorial Of Houston – Viet Tran DMD today to answer your questions or book an appointment.