Dental phobia or dental fear is the fear of the dentist and dental tools. It is the fear of pain during dental treatments. Some people avoid going to the dentist for regular checkups or treatments due to dental phobia. People with dental phobia often avoid going to the dentist and sometimes neglect their oral health. This can lead to dental problems. If you have dental phobia, here are a few tips to overcome it.
Speak Up About Your Fears
Many people avoid the dentist because of fear or anxiety. They don’t want to bring up their discomfort with a dentist because it makes them nervous about their next appointment. However, dentists want you to be comfortable so that you can receive the best dental care possible. Therefore, don’t hesitate to talk about your anxiety and fears during your consultations at your dentist’s office. If there is anything that makes you uncomfortable, speak up about it. Dentists are professionals who are trained and skilled in easing patients’ fears and putting patients at ease during dental procedures. The dentist will listen to your concerns and provide options for how to reduce them so you can feel more comfortable while receiving dental treatments. If you are anxious about a certain procedure, ask about other options that may be available. For example, if you are afraid of needles, ask about numbing the area with a topical gel instead of injections. Or if the thought of seeing blood makes you anxious, ask your dentist if using laser technology would be ideal than using a drill. If there’s anything that you feel uncomfortable about, talk about it.
Take An Trusted Person With You
Are you someone who is afraid to go to the dentist? Do you have anxiety when you’re undergoing dental procedures? So bring someone you trust with you for moral support. It could be a friend or a family member. Having someone trusted with you will help you feel calmer and in better control of yourself. Plus, it’s comforting to know that someone is there for you if you need them.
We can help you divert your attention during treatment so that you can stay calm and relaxed throughout your appointment. We can play your favorite music, bring stress balls for children or adults, and you can bring your cell phone and use YouTube to watch funny videos. You can also chat with our dental team to distract you from your treatment. If you need help relaxing before your procedure, ask us for recommendations. We can also help you manage pain and make your visit more comfortable.
Visit Beautiful Dentistry at 2125 E Warner Rd #101, Tempe, AZ 85284, or call us at (480) 831-1700 to learn more about ways to keep teeth healthy.