The most important factor in overcoming dental anxiety is good dentist-patient communication.
Patients should inform their dentist about their disease as doing so can help prevent an asthmatic attack during dental procedures.
If you are nervous about an upcoming dental visit, here are some tips to curb your anxiety:
- Let your dentist know that you have asthma.
- Explain if your asthma is controlled.
- Inform your dentist of all asthma medications (and other medications, if any).
- Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during dental procedures. When you are nervous you tend to hold your breath, which may increase feelings of panic
- Avoid caffeine or other stimulants before a dental appointment.
- Eat high-protein foods which, unlike sugary foods, produce a calming effect.
- Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushing. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.
Always remember to bring your inhaler and have it by your side.
“Wheezy? Brush up and bring your inhaler”