Afraid of the Dentist?
The loud buzz of the dental tools. Your dentist’s eyes are peering out over the sterile green mask. You’re leaning back in the seat, held down by the cumbersome protective bib that protects your body from radiation during oral X-rays. Scraping with sharp instruments designed to chip away at your teeth begins.
It may sound like a typical visit to the dentist, but for many people who struggle with dental phobia, it’s the worst experience in the world.
Following are some ways to alleviate your fear of the dentist.
- Remain mindful that your fear of the dentist is actually quite normal. There’s no reason to be ashamed by your fear of the dentist, as there are many people around the world who share this fear. And it shouldn’t prevent you from getting proper dental care, which can have serious effects on your health and desire to socialize. Not visiting the dentist on a regular basis can result in abscesses, broken/missing teeth, cavities and bad breath, which can damage your social life.
- Record your specific fears. Some patients are reluctant to admit that they are afraid of the dentist. To overcome your fear, write out a list of what is causing your anxiety. Take this list to your dental appointment and discuss your fears with the dentist who can offer a rational explanation for whatever is causing your anxiety.
- Determine the cause of your fears. Fear is often the result of an experience or memory. Identifying the source of your dental fear can suggest proactive steps to overcome the phobia. Remembering specific negative experiences that may have contributed to your fear and counteracting them with positive experiences can help to get you in the proper frame of mind to start overcoming your phobia.
- Accept that dental procedures have improved greatly. Before you take definite steps to overcome your fear, it’s important to acknowledge and accept that dental procedures have improved greatly in recent years. Gone are the old-fashioned drills and large scary needles. Understanding improvements in dental treatments – such as the many new options for treating dental issues and drills with a button to stop when you want or even laser methods to remove an infected area – may help alleviate your fears.
Help us help you to overcome your dental phobia. Call Manhattan Dental Health today and let’s get to the root of your fear so we can overcome it together!