Fear of the dentist is very real for many people. In fact, there are very few people that don’t have some fear of going to the dentist. However, we all know we need to go, but how to get over that fear? Let’s take a look.
Admit that you have a fear.
Talking about our fears with our loved ones helps. Many times people want to simply avoid the dentist all together than to face their fears. However, we all know that is not good oral hygiene practice. Instead, you need to face your fears and talk about it. Don’t simply avoid the dentist, talk about it, and come up with some things that might help. You can even have a discussion with your dentist. Dentists deal with this all the time. They will have some ideas for you. Also, they may let you take breaks if you need to. This is a sign of a good dentist that understands and cares about their patients.
Maybe bringing someone with you that isn’t afraid of the dentist is a good plan as well. Having someone there to keep you calm and drive you home can really help. Perhaps make plans for after the dentist. Many times we cannot eat or drink right after seeing a dentist, but perhaps stop at a flower shop or go for a walk, something you like to do too. This will give you something to look forward to and a bit of a treat for getting through your appointment.
Perhaps it is the idea of all those poking instruments going into your mouth. The tray of unknown tools laying there looking as if they want to tear your mouth apart brings on the anxiety. Talk to your dentist’s office and they might be up for letting you have a bit of a meet and greet with the unfamiliar tools. This can really help with children for example. They have never seen all that stuff and can really get overwhelmed with it all. Also, if you have never been to a dentist, the tool fear can be very real.
Take some precautions for your upcoming anxiety
Dentists these days have all kinds of various techniques and ways that will allow you to be more comfortable. Simple things such as nose strips will allow you to breathe easier when they are working in your mouth, should you have issues. There are also medications that you can take before your appointment. Speak with your dentist and determine what is the best course of action for you.
Take the time to get to know your dentist for a minute. This can also help with fears. Ask questions and go in slowly to the whole idea. Maybe you can have a meet and greet with the dentist and get to know them a little bit more to feel a little more comfortable.
There are many relaxation techniques that you can use as well. Meditations, pray, and breathing techniques for example can calm you.
Fear is real, but with a little help, you can and will get through this.