Posted by Angela An on Mar 13 2023, 05:09 AM
Dental phobia is a very real issue that many people face. It is a fear of visiting the dentist, whether it is because of pain, anxiety, or past traumatic experiences. Dental fear can cause people to delay important dental work, which can mean more extensive dental work in the future.
Discuss Your Fears With The Dentist
Before visiting your dentist, tell them about your fears and concerns. An honest conversation with them will help you both come up with ways how to overcome your discomfort. Ask your dentist if you can meet for a pre-visit consultation so the two of you can get to know one another and you can discuss any anxieties you may have regarding your treatment. This can help calm your nerves before you actually have to sit in the chair and wait for the procedure to begin. Opening up to your provider will also help you feel more relaxed during the appointment. If there are certain sounds or smells that make you nervous, share that with them so they will have an idea of how to better treat you and keep you comfortable. If there are certain things that you don’t understand about the procedure, you can ask about them so you can feel more at ease. Ask questions any time you are unsure of something.
Have A Signal Ready
Always keep a signal ready to inform your dentist if you are feeling uncomfortable or need a break. This can be a hand gesture or a tap on the table to let them know you will need a moment. They will not judge you for it and will respect your decisions.
Take Someone Along For Support
Bringing someone along can be great support especially if you are experiencing anxiety. They can help you relax by talking to you and distracting you from the treatment going on. Having an extra pair of hands to hold can also make you feel less anxious.
Consider Sedation Dentistry
We can also recommend Sedation Dentistry as an option that can help you stay calm and relaxed throughout your appointment and any treatments you may have. This way, you won’t have to worry about your anxiety getting in the way of your treatment or your fear causing you to tense up or pull away from the dentist.
With the right treatment plan, we can help you make a beautiful smile a reality! Schedule a consultation with us by calling our office. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.
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