There aren't many people who actually enjoy going to the dentist but for some, a trip to the dentist can seem like the very worst thing in the world. If you are one of the many who suffer with dental anxiety, there are a few things that can help you keep this fear at bay.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
If you make sure your teeth are healthy, you'll have less anxiety about the dentist, because you'll know your teeth are in good condition. If you don't take care of your teeth, drinking high-sugar drinks and forgetting to brush, you are more likely to need dental treatment and you'll know that. Therefore you'll associate trips to the dentist with pain and suffering, and before you know it, every trip will be a battle.
Make Sure You Like Your Dentist
It sounds crazy, but the more you feel at ease with your dentist, the happier you are going to be about going to see them. You'll know you are in good hands, and because you are more comfortable, you'll suffer less anxiety.
For some people it could be a bad past experience that has caused their dental anxiety, whereas for others, it seems to have stemmed from nowhere aside from feeling uncomfortable. If you aren't happy with your current dentist, don't be afraid to shop around. Remember to read reviews that other people have left and remember your dentist will be on hand if you have any questions. Don't be afraid to ask.
Tell Your Dentist
If you suffer with dental anxiety, tell your dentist! Sedatives can be offered to patients with anxiety, and most dentists are very aware that many patients have a 'bad vibe' about a trip to get the old pearly whites checked out. According to studies, around seven to thirteen percent of people have a crippling fear of the dentist and around twenty percent will only go to the dentist when necessary out of anxiety.
On the flip side your dentist will be more than happy to explain what he or she is doing in order to give you a better understanding of your treatment. When you have a better understanding of something, you feel as if you have more control over it. If you suffer with dental anxiety, sometimes knowing what's going on can be the one thing to put your mind at rest. Why not ask him if he'll explain the procedures to you? Most dentists would be happy to do this.
Try Relaxation Breathing
While in the waiting room, focus on your breathing and try inhaling and exhaling over the count of four. Take deep breaths to get plenty of oxygen around the body. In for two and out for two. The breathing gives you something else to focus on than the fact your dentist is about to have his hands in your mouth, and the added oxygen boost around the body will make you feel more energised than anxious.
A crippling fear of the dentist is stopping thousands of people from having healthy teeth each year, but with a little helping hand, some support and understanding, you'll soon be on your way to calmly get a whiter, brighter smile!