8 Simple Tricks To Reduce Your Fear Of The DentistDecember 15, 2020
If you have fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. 16-20% of Australians avoid the dentist until they experience severe pain.
Regular dental visits are an essential part of good oral preventative care. If your fear of the dentist (aka Dentophobia) is preventing you from going for regular checkups or receiving the treatment you need, you’re putting your health at risk.
At King Street Dental, we know visiting the dentist can be scary. That’s why we provide top-quality care and service in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Here are 4 reasons you may be experiencing fear and what you can do before your visit to manage your fear.
Understanding Fear Of The Dentist
First, understand that dental fear or phobia is normal, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed by it.
One of the most common fears about the dentist is the thought of pain. Thankfully, modern technology, gentle techniques, and safe sedation practices have made dental procedures much more comfortable and pain-free.
Some people are embarrassed by what the dentist will think of their teeth when they go in for a visit. They may be afraid of judgment for how long it’s been since their last appointment or that they don’t floss.
Just remember that your dentist will never judge you. They only want to keep your smile happy and healthy.
Fear Of The Unknown
Dental fear can arise when patients don’t know exactly what’s going to happen during their procedure.
A good dentist ensures their patients are fully informed about every step of their dental journey and can provide distractions like watching movies during treatment with TV’s mounted above the dental chair.
Bad Past Experiences
Negative experiences with anything will cause you to avoid it in the future, and the dentist is no exception. Whether intense pain or feeling pressured into a procedure, bad past experiences may cause uncertainty about going to the dentist again.
Overcoming Dental Fears
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, try these 8 tips to reduce your dental anxiety.
Identify Your Dental Fear
Try working out why you’re afraid of the dentist. When you understand what you’re fearful about, it’s easier to find a solution. Write down your reasons so you can discuss this with your dentist.them down so you can better talk about them later.
Find A Dentist You Trust
Ask your friends or relatives for recommendations. Go online and look at reviews left by other customers. Great dental reviews can go a long way to building trust and reducing anxiety.
Communicate Your Fear To Your Dentist
Good communication is the foundation of any relationship. If you’re nervous about your dental visit, let the dental staff and the dentists know. Your dentist often speaks to people with dental fear and has a lot of knowledge about how to help you relax.
Start With Easier Dental Procedures
Unless you need emergency treatment right away, try starting with gentle and non-invasive procedures like a check-up and cleaning, and gradually work your way up to other procedures like fillings and root canals.
Take Someone With You
Having a supportive friend or family member with you can help reduce dental anxiety. Whether they stay in the lobby or stay in the room with you, the emotional support provided can help you feel safe and comfortable.
Ask Lots Of Questions
Be informed by asking your dentist all the questions you can think of before the procedure starts. The more you understand about what’s going on, the more relaxed you’ll be.
Your dentist is trained to administer a range of sedatives to help relieve anxiety and put you in a more relaxed state. These may include oral sedatives (tablet or syrup), inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) or for severe anxiety levels, IV sedation (aka sleep dentistry)
Prevent Invasive Procedures With Regular Dental Visits
Fear of the dentist is more often associated with more serious procedures like root canals. A regularly scheduled check-up & cleaning can reduce the tooth decay and gum disease that leads to more serious treatments.
By employing these techniques, you’ll have the best chance of reducing fear of the dentist and getting the oral care you need.
At King Street Dental, we understand that visiting a new dentist can be stressful. That’s why we cater to your exact needs, and thoroughly communicate every step in the process.