Dental fear is one of the most common fears. A huge number of people dread going to the dentist and often avoid dental treatments that are very important for not only their dental health, but also their overall health. The Internet is full of such horror stories. Surprisingly, this fear is not only common among children, but adults as well.
It is very important to overcome your fear, as avoiding going to the dentist can cause serious issues including heart problems and even diabetes. So how does one overcome dental fear? Here are some tips:
It is very important to be well informed about dental procedures. Most people fear being in the dentist chair because of certain myths attached to it. Merely speaking to an expert can clear a lot of your confusion and give you the push that you need.
It is recommended that you speak to an expert and talk to them about your situation, not only about your fears, but also about the treatment option. Know how the procedure will be performed and what techniques the dentist will use to ease the pain. Thanks to the latest technology and medication, most dental procedures can be performed in a pain free manner. So, it is important to know if your dentist will be using any local anesthesia or other such options to make you feel comfortable. However, remember that some minor dental procedures may not need such intervention.
Being with someone always helps. Do not make the mistake of going alone to the dentist. Not only because you might not be in a condition to drive back, but also because having someone by your side will make you feel comfortable. Also, make sure to go with someone who understands your fears and will try to calm you down.
Believe it or not, reading horror stories online or speaking to someone who has ‘bad experiences’ to share is not something that will help. Instead, stay positive and calm. There is no need to keep searching about dental fears. Instead, think about the benefits of the treatment. You can also use different relaxation techniques to stay composed during the procedure. These include thinking about something that soothes you, controlled breathing and closing your eyes.
Dr. Faraj and his team at Novi Family Dentistry is ready to answer all your question and help you overcome dental fear. We understand that dental anxiety is common and use the latest technique to make you feel comfortable. So call us today at (248) 946-8611.