It is really normal to have a worry of visiting the dentist. Going to the dentist is not a leisure activity. Dentists are well-known for poking and pushing around in your mouth. Oftentimes, an adult worry of the dentist comes from a bad experience as a kid. It is likewise really typical for the concern to come from outdoors sources, such as moms and dads or brother or sisters.
Dentistry has come a long way over the years. Realistically, most people’s fear of dentists would be absolved, if they would visit the dentist more regularly. Here are some tips and tricks for overcoming a fear of the dentist.
Find the Right Dentist for You
Selecting a dentist, who is conscientious and understanding of your fear, will help you be more comfortable from the outset. A recent trend in dentistry is dentists, whose practice specifically caters to fearful patients.
The Dental Office Provides Sedation
A dentist, who offers sedation options, can help ease fears. Possible sedation options include methods ranging from anxiety pills and NO2 to general anesthesia. While Novocain is a very common sedation drug, it is administered by injection and many people are afraid of needles. If this is the case for you, ask your dentist to administer a local topical numbing agent prior to the delivering the Novocain injection.
Take Baby Steps
It could be amazingly fear inducing for your first visit to a new dentist to be for a complex and invasive procedure. Start small. Make your first visit a routine checkup or teeth cleaning. By starting with a more common and easy visit, you can build your comfort level with the dentist, which will help alleviate your fears, when you are in need of more extensive dental work.
Use a Stress Ball
Bring a stress ball or stress relieving device with you to the dentist and use it, while you are in the dental chair.
Bring a Book or Music
Bring a book to read or music to listen to. Many people will combine the two ideas together and bring a “Book-On-Tape” on their mp3 player.
Practice Breathing Exercises
Breathe deeply. Hold your breath for a moment, and let it out. Deep breathing helps prevent the onset of panic attacks.
Bring a Friend
Tell your dentist that you are trying to overcome your fear of the dentist, and you would like to bring a friend or family member along with you for moral support.
It is very common for dentists to use hypnosis techniques to help their patients distract themselves from the procedure the dentist is performing. You can use your own version of this by using meditation. Focus on a positive experience. Imagine your new and improved white toothed smile.
Give Yourself a Reward
Many people remember getting a sugar-free lollipop or treat, when they would visit the dentist as a child. There is no reason this type of reward practice has to end in adulthood. Promise yourself a reward, if you are able to overcome your fears at the dentist.
While visiting the dentist is not a fun, recreational activity, it does not have to be an experience that brings out your innermost fears. Dentists have modern methods and tools to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. Use these tips to help you overcome your fear of the dentist. Your teeth will thank you for it.