You want to have a great smile and healthy teeth, but your fear of the dentist gets in the way. Here are 5 tips to help you get past that fear and have the regular dental care you know you need.
1. Don’t Think You’re All Alone. Unfortunately, fearing a dentist is a fairly common fear. You don’t have to be ashamed and you don’t have to try to hide your fear. Dentists are used to patients who wish they were anywhere else but in that chair. Know your fear is not all that unusual and let the dentist know you are frightened.
2. Face Your Fears. Make a list – seriously. What is it about the dentist that makes you afraid? Is it the drill? Is it that needle? Or, is it simply you’re afraid that you’ve waited too long and your dental problems are too big? Know what makes you afraid and, then, discuss your fears with your dentist. Knowing what makes you uneasy and frightened is the first step in overcoming that fear.
3 Dental Care Is New And Improved. Just like everything else, technology has made a difference! There are new treatments, new solutions. A missing tooth can be replaced with an implant that will function and look exactly like a good, solid, real tooth. New equipment and new procedures will create a more pleasant dental experience – and less pain. Know that today’s dental office can be comfortable and welcoming and offer you state-of-the-art care.
4. Find The Right Dentist. You might want to start by talking to family and friends and see if there is a dentist that they can recommend. Use the internet to read reviews and recommendations for dentists that are in your area. If you have dental insurance, start there and find out what offices accept your policy. Then, follow through. Call the office and ask to set up a consultation. Pay attention to how comfortable you feel with everyone – from the receptionist that answers the phone to the dental hygienist to the dentist himself. If a dentist makes you feel ashamed of your mouth or belittles your fears, move on to the next candidate.
5. Come Prepared. When the time to start dental works begins, be ready. If you have a specific question about what is going to happen in the treatment, ask it. Bring up any fears you may have so the dentist understands how you feel. Ask if you can bring headphones and an audio book or your favorite music to distract yourself. Let the dentist know that if you need a minute to calm down during the procedure, you’re going to ask for a small break.
When you’re looking for a dentist, make sure that the dentist is willing to answer all your questions and that he or she treats you with complete respect. Look for a full service dental office that will be able to meet all your needs and a dentist that makes you feel comfortable!