A certain extent of apprehension is normal before going to the dentist, or any doctor for that matter. But if your anxiety affects your oral health and prevent you from going to the dentist, you may be experiencing dental fear, anxiety, or phobia.
Most patient’s fear probably stems from an experience they had many years ago when dental procedures were indeed much more painful. Or, if not experienced first-hand, patients may base their perceptions on second-hand reports from parents, family, or friends.
Dental anxiety, fear, and phobia are similar in a sense that they all have something to do with apprehensions about going to the dentist.
A big part of overcoming your dental fears is choosing the right dental centre to work with. Once chosen, observe how the staff talks to you, meet your dentist and nurse before your treatment. Communicate your fear and anxiety to your dentist even few days before your appointment a way to gauge your situation and tailor an action plan suited for your needs
Having someone with you on a dental appointment, may it be a friend or family member, can offer an extra layer of support and assurance.
If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and rapport with your dentist.
Discuss with your dentist if sedatives are advisable, and if so, which one will work best for you.
Distractions can help divert your attention during treatment. Some of the ways to take your mind off the procedure are listening to music, watching TV.
Overcoming your dental fear will help you to keep good your oral health.
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