Mature adults are often aware that dental phobia is irrational, but this fear is often hard to overcome when just thinking about going to the dentist causes fear, anxiety, and panic attacks. If you are one of these people then you need not worry as millions of other share the same fear. Next time when you feel the need to visit a dentist, plan your trip with the help of the pointers below.
FIND THE RIGHT DENTIST:
Word of mouth is your best friend. Ask your peers who their dentist is and what they think of him/her. Certain dentists are better at making their patients feel comfortable in what would usually be a nerve-reckoning situation. These dentists usually just have more experience, and know how to deal with anxiety.
TALK TO YOUR DENTIST IN ADVANCE:
Most dentists allow you to have a free consultation. During the consultation, clearly mention your fear of the procedures and whether or not you should worry about anything. Ask them how they are going to help you make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
SIT BACK AND RELAX:
As extreme as it may seem, activities such as yoga and meditation will help you relax more easily. Doing something as simple as taking three deep breaths also helps.
BRING A FRIEND ALONG:
Although some dentists will not allow anyone in the room while they are working on your teeth, it never hurts to try. If your dentist allows others to be with you, try to bring a good friend who will be able to comfort you during the procedure.
BRING YOUR MUSIC PLAYER:
Everybody can agree to the therapeutic qualities of music, making it a great stress breaker when visiting the dentist. Ask your dentist if you can use your music player while they operate on you, which can significantly help you relax and help overcome your fear.