Fear Of The Dentist…What To Do

Fear of the dentist is a very real thing, one which can make you avoid going to the dentist altogether. Yet, if you want to maintain good dental health (which can also lead to better overall health), trips to the dentist are a necessity.

Below are some pointers that can help with fear of the dentist.

Communication
Whatever your level of dental anxiety or fear, it’s important to have good communication with your dentist. Talk about your fears, your dental history, your medical history, and what you can and can’t tolerate. By getting everything out in the open, you have a better chance of having your treatments and procedures scheduled and performed at the pace that’s right for you.

Gentle Dentistry
Look for a dental office and team that pride themselves on gentle dentistry, which is as much about communication and empathy as it is about proper techniques and sedation.

Distractions
Distractions can help with dental fear and anxiety. At your next dental appointment, bring a device (phone, iPod, or music player) and listen to your favorite music. Mellow music may help you relax, while loud music could help block out the sounds of your treatment.

Sedation Dentistry
Depending on your level of fear, sedation may be the best answer. In its mildest form (laughing gas / nitrous oxide), sedation can help relax you and take the edge off. With deeper sedation (oral sedation and IV sedation), you can be less conscious or completely unconscious.

If you do have a fear of the dentist, contact a sedation dentist.