If you’re scared of the dentist, this video may be just the anecdote to make you feel better about modern-day techniques and in-office amenities that can make the world of difference not only insofar as quality clinical care, but also your overall comfort.
It’s amazing – but certainly not surprising that in many places around the world (including the USA!!), some dentists still practice as if we were in the stone age.
Having to accept sub-standard care of any kind is a sad and scary reality for many people. However, when people with access to modern care don’t care enough to get it, I can only categorize that as a travesty. And believe me, this happens all the time – I’ve seen it myself.
Here Are 5 Useful Tips If You Are Scared of Dentist
1. Research and Choose the Right Dentist
– A crucial step to overcoming dental anxiety is finding a dentist who understands and acknowledges your fear.
– Research and ask for recommendations from friends, family, or online communities to find a dentist who is known for being gentle, patient, and considerate.
– Don’t hesitate to schedule consultations or meet-and-greets with potential dentists to ensure they’re a good fit for your needs.
2. Communicate Your Fears
– Openly discuss your fears and specific triggers with your dentist; this way, they can adjust and customize their approach and treatment.
– Establish a non-verbal signal, such as raising your hand, to let your dentist know when you need a break or if you’re feeling discomfort during a procedure.
– Clear communication with your dentist can make your dental experience less overwhelming and more comfortable.
3. Practice Relaxation Techniques
– Reduce feelings of anxiety by incorporating relaxation techniques to help calm your nerves before and during your dental appointment.
– Practice deep, slow breathing exercises to help focus your mind and relax your body.
– Progressive muscle relaxation or visualization techniques, such as imagining a peaceful scene, can also help reduce anxiety.
4. Consider Dental Sedation
– If your dental anxiety is particularly severe, talk to your dentist about sedation options.
– Dental sedation can range from mild oral sedatives to intravenous or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, which helps keep you relaxed and anxiety-free during dental procedures.
– Keep in mind that not all dental offices offer sedation dentistry, so make sure to discuss this with your dentist before your appointment.
5. Gradual Exposure
– Ease into your dental treatments by starting with a simple check-up or cleaning before moving on to more extensive procedures.
– Familiarizing yourself with the dental office environment and procedures can help reduce the fear associated with unknown aspects of dental treatments.
– Once you feel more comfortable, move on to more advanced treatments. Always keep an open line of communication with your dentist about your anxiety.
At Vaksman Dental Group we prioritize the comfort of our patients and will always do our best to take care of you and your dental needs. Book a visit now!