Are You Affected By Dental Phobia?
Do you get anxious just by the thought of scheduling an appointment at your dentist? Well, you are not alone.
Between 9% and 15% of Americans state they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational but are unable to do much to change this feeling. They will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist. People with dental phobia usually go to the dentist only when forced to do so by extreme pain.
How is that different from just not liking the dentist?
Most people are nervous, uncomfortable or annoyed at having to visit the dentist. However, people with dental phobia experienc the feeling of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room from severe fear to the point of panic attacks when faced with going to the dentist.
HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR DENTAL PHOBIA
Tell your dentist about your fears. Your dentist will be able to determine how to best manage and address those fears. By letting your dentist know exactly why the experience is difficult for you, you will feel more control in the examination chair.
1. Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth.
2. Consider additional medication to relax. Many dentists recommend sedation or anti-anxiety medicine for extremely nervous patients. Ask your dentist about these options to help you get through the visit.
3. Find a dentist you are comfortable with and establish a trusting relationship. There are many personalities in the dental profession. Find a dentist who makes you feel at ease and is willing to work with you on your fears.
4. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up.
5. Visit the office and talk to the staff before your first appointment. You should feel free to meet with the dentist and to ask questions before scheduling your appointment. Meeting the dentist and his or her staff first will help you find a dentist you like and trust.
6. Check other patients reviews and feedback. Nowadays i is really easy to find out about other patient’s experiences by searching on Facebook, Google or Yelp. See what the others say about their treatments and the staff at the dentist’s office you would like to visit.