There are lots of people with anxiety about going to the dentist. It is something that is difficult to overcome. I have had a fear of the dentist that included avoiding going for years and when I did go I had panic attacks on the way, in the dentist and in the chair.
By visiting your dentist regularly you can prevent problems before they start. Those who avoid going to the dentist are actually risking their teeth needing more serious treatment. Basically what it comes down to is that if you don't overcome your fear you teeth will get into a worse condition and the treatments will be more complex.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Dental procedures have advanced so much that nothing is as frightening or painful as before. Yes some of the procedures do hurt but nothing you can't handle. It is the fear that is the most serious issue. As someone who has overcome this – the number one thing you must do is communicate. Communicate to your dentist that you have some fear. There are lots of dentists nowadays who are much more sensitive to how their patients feel. If they are aware of this they can help you. I know that when I spoke to my dentist about the fear half of it went anyway.
Remember regular cleaning visits to your dentist are the best way to keep your teeth healthy and prevent problems. That is the measure for your teeth and you fear. Just take small regular steps.
Some tips on what your options are and how you can get help with your dentist fear.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety
• Dentists are now using mild sedatives know as sedation which means you can sleep right through any complex treatment. You just wake up afterwards when it is finished.
• Ask friends or family for a recommendation for a dentist so that you know you are seeing a sensitive and approachable dentist.
• When visiting the dentist don't hesitate to ask any questions – remember you are the customer.
• Let the dentist know you have anxiety and build some trust between you both.
Over time you will work with your dentist and overcome your fear whilst establishing a great relationship with your dentist.