Dental Fear - Tips to Overcome It

A genuine phobia for dental treatment is common - these tips may help you

Fear of the dentist is certainly not uncommon and it is likely that about 50% of the population have at least some mild fear whilst others are probably not too keen on their visits either.

Despite this though, it is of course, important to visit a reputable dentist a minimum of twice a year and most recommend at least every six months. Keeping up these regular appointments can often nip any problems that are developing well and truly in the bad before they become more serious and invasive treatment is needed.

Because of this, it is important to do our best to overcome our dental anxiety, and there are a few tips that are worth trying.

Find the right Dentist

This is possibly the most important one. If you can find a dentist that is understanding and helps you to relax, that is a big part of the battle over. Try asking friends and family of their experiences, and if you think you have found one, arrange to meet them for a check up and a chat.

Early Appointments

Most fears and anxieties are much larger than the problem itself. This is amplified when we have the whole day to think about it. Try booking an early appointment and you will have less time to build this up in your head and more of the day to unwind afterwards.

Take a Friend

If your dentist is receptive to the idea, take a friend along. Not only will this give you someone to talk to but will help to distract you from your fears. This will also be useful in the waiting room if you have a long wait and don't want to read the 'what can go wrong' posters on the wall.

Start with simple treatments

If you feel that you probably need a significant procedure such as a crown fitting; provided that it is not essential to do it immediately, then request a slow build up. Start with a check up then a polish and gradually work your way up to your feared procedure.

Take an MP3 player with you

Listening to music can calm and relax you. This may not be possible if the dentist needs to discuss with you while the procedure is happening. Remember though, that if you like loud aggressive music, head banging is probably not to be recommended when the dentist has a drill inside of your mouth.