Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist
If you're afraid to go to the dentist it might help you to realize that you're not alone. In fact up to 25% of the population has a phobia about visiting the dentist. Many times this phobia develops during childhood after a bad dental experience.
Unfortunately this fear of dental procedures can stop a person from receiving much needed treatment and by the time that they do get treatment teeth and gums can be in very bad shape. Having bad teeth can also affect your overall health infections in neglected teeth can linger for years, these infections can affect the body's ability to heal making you more prone to other types of illness.
Choose Your Dentist Carefully
There are many dental practices that cater to people with phobias so don't be afraid to shop around, and if you don't feel comfortable with a certain practice then cancel your appointment and find another one that suits you better.
Talk to the hygienists and or office staff when making your appointment and be sure to go over any fears and concerns that you may have. This will give you a good idea about their policy towards dealing with customers with dental phobias and help you to decide whether they will work for you or not.
Many dentist offer several different sedation options for people who suffer from dental anxiety or fear. This can range anywhere from a pill (Valium) that you can take before your appointment, to laughing gas or even general anesthesia. During your checkup and initial consultation you can visit with the dentist and discuss your options as to which type of sedation might work for you.
Listen to music:
Listening to music is another option that many dental practices offer to help calm nervous patients fears. If your dentist doesn't offer this option you might want to think about bring along your iPod. The music will help to relax and calm you and before you know it everything will be over.
Some things to remember:
As a paying customer it is your right to expect good service, and if for whatever reason a certain dentist is not working out for you then you are well within your rights to find one that does.
Sometimes just realizing that you can always leave if things get too bad may help to relieve some of your stress.
* If any type of sedation is used during your visit you will need to have someone there to drive you home afterwards.