Do you or your children have fears of visiting the dentist? Many suffer dental anxiety. However, check-ups are vital in preventing tooth decay and cavities. The good news is that you’re not alone. Many people are nervous about their dental trips – even those who’ve only had good experiences! Newmarket Dentist has put together a list of tips to help ease your fears for your next visit to the dentist.
#1 Needles? No Way!Many people are afraid of needles, not just at the dentist but at any healthcare appointment. The best way to manage this is by communicating your fears before arriving for your appointment. Dental offices are used to managing these anxieties but they need to know to be able to help. They may utilize numbing gels so that you don’t feel anything, and/or use distractions like music, talking, or TV shows to make the time pass quicker.
#2 That’s Not The DrillAnother common fear is the dental drill. The sound itself is enough to scare some patients! However scary it may sound, patients are numb prior to using the drill and you won’t feel pain. If the sound gets to you, come prepared with a music player and some headphones so that you can drown out the noise.
#3 No Pain, No GainSome people develop their fears because they’ve had a poor experience where pain was caused that has put them off of dental visits. If you know that you’re worried about pain, ask about ways to numb the area or if a clinic offers nitrous sedation when you call to book your appointment. This way you will certainly feel no pain! Remember that getting worried about pain may cause the pain to be perceived worse. Combat this by practicing relaxation techniques before and during your visits.
#4 Don’t Look at Me!Some people are afraid of the dentist because they feel that their teeth are disgusting and are embarrassed. Remember that dentists are around damaged teeth and gums daily. More than likely, they’ve seen problems a lot worse than yours. Additionally, it’s their job to take damaged teeth and make them great again. Being upfront with your dentist is always the best policy, and can help you break the ice. The only way to improve your teeth is to face this fear!
#5 Sedation SensitivityThere are two main reasons that people fear sedation. Either they feel that it won’t work and they will suffer the full range of pain, or they fear not being in control of their bodies for a period of time. For the top row of teeth only individual teeth are frozen, for the bottom row sometimes part of your cheek or tongue may get numb. This will not mean that you won’t be able to swallow or function, but rather that you just won’t feel it. Put trust in your body, it knows what to do.
Tips to Stay CalmThe first step in overcoming your fears is staying calm. If you’re nervous, it is especially vital to choose the dentist that is right for you. On Newmarket Dentist you can search our extensive database to see many different clinics with different specialities. You’re bound to find a clinic that is best suited for you and your needs. If you’re still nervous, we suggest perhaps bringing a trusted friend. If you’re really terrified, don’t be embarrassed to ask about sedation dentistry. It’s a service for a reason; you’re not the only one afraid of the dentist! Ultimately you will gain much more in visiting the dentist regularly versus putting it off until there’s a real problem. Search Newmarket Dentist Directory to find the right clinic for you today.
* Newmarket Dentist provides general information only. Our aim is to provide the most accurate information possible, but we do not take responsibility for any errors. In order to get the best results it is important to consult with your dentist or health care professional for further information, diagnosis or treatment.