Overcoming Dental Phobia

Overcoming Dental Phobia

Posted by Hallmark Dental Group on Apr 13 2022, 08:29 AM

Most people fear going to the dentist. Dental phobia is commonly seen in people of all ages. It is sometimes related to fear of doctors, fear of needles, fear of dental pain, or a bad experience in the past. 

It is however important to overcome dental phobia to maintain proper dental care. The following are some of the ways to overcome dental phobia: 

  • Choose the Right Dentist

People with dental fear should find a dentist who knows what "dental fear" means. Some dentists specialize in working with those people who are scared of dental treatment. 

Before having an appointment, call the dental office and check how the staff treats you over the phone. Think about how comfortable you feel while talking to them. To get a better sense of their operation, visit the dental office to make an appointment. 

Visit the dentist in person after getting the appointment. The right dentist for you will help you lessen your fears and try to help you feel comfortable.

  • Use Relaxation Techniques and Medications

Take some time to get in the right mindset before making the appointment. Meditation or deep controlled breathing helps people in many ways. It is important to do relaxation techniques before the appointment as it can help with the negative feelings. 

Call the dentist and ask about the sedation technique if you suffer from extreme anxiety. Some dentists recommend nitrous oxide or other sedative medications to make you relax. 

  • Bring a Friend

Bring someone who can support you in stressful situations. You may feel a bit more assured by their presence. Some dental offices permit companions to come into the actual treatment room. Look for a dental office that does this if you think that this can help you feel safer and more relaxed.

  • Arrive Early

You may feel more worried if you are rushing to get the appointment. It is necessary to arrive early to give yourself time to relax and settle down. 

  • Distract Yourself During Appointments

Try to distract yourself if relaxation techniques are not working well for you. Bring something to the dental office that would distract you during the dental treatment. A book or a fidget device would cater to your needs. It is necessary to consider only those things that don't irritate you. 

The dentist at Hallmark Dental Group can make you comfortable throughout the treatment. We are located at 335 East St George Blvd #201, Saint George, UT 84770. Contact us at 435-310-4812 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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