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Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
Sep 18, 2019

Whether you had a traumatic experience as a kid, are afraid of pain caused by dental work, or fear lack of control in a dentist chair, a dental phobia is not uncommon. It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid the dentist because of anxiety and fear. While skipping visits may not seem like a big deal if you brush, floss, and rinse every night, avoiding dental check ups can have serious consequences to your health. You could develop cavities or gum disease in the duration of your dental absence. This can lead to a plethora of bad side effects, including root damage, severe tooth aches, and even tooth loss. Usually the anticipation of a visit or procedure is far worse than the experience its self.  Most patients expect dental discomfort to be worse than what it actually is.

At Dental Care Center locations, we will always try to make you feel relaxed and at ease. However, we understand that visiting your dentist isn’t exactly a trip to the spa.

Here is what we will do to make you feel less anxious:

  • We will talk you through the steps of the visit or procedure prior to starting.
  • We will continue talking you through the steps as we work.
  • We will frequently ask you how you’re feeling and assess what we can do to make you more comfortable.
  • We will take time for breaks as needed.

 

Here are some tips for what you can do to overcome your fear of the dentist:

  • Bring a close friend or relative with you to your visit. Chose someone who makes you feel better or has a calming effect on you.
  • Ask us any questions or concerns you may have about the visit or procedure before we start.
  • Try relaxing techniques. Take deep slow breaths and slowly relax all the muscles in your body. Imagine a calming atmosphere such as a beach or meadow.
  • Find distractions. Try bringing headphones and listening to a stream of your favorite songs during the visit.
  • Talk to your dentist about possible sedatives. These may include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, or intravenous sedation.

 

You can always trust that your Dental Care Center dentist will have your best interest at heart. If you have any fears or concerns talk to your dentist to find a solution that will make you feel more at ease and also keep you healthy.