How to Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

A large percentage of the population are afraid to see a dentist. This “dental phobia” may keep them from getting proper dental care which can have serious effects on their health, work and ability to socialize.

Don’t be embarrassed by your fear of the dentist. Many people around the world share this phobia. Let us help you discover effective techniques to manage fear with positive communication and pleasant experiences.

Effective communication not only builds a good doctor-patient relationship, but it can enable us to work together to ease any dental anxiety that you might be experiencing. Please, feel free to share your concerns with us before, during, or after procedures. We cater to cowards. That means that we are happy to explain the procedure to you before it begins, to keep you informed during the procedure, to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Fear can cause any person to lose confidence and avoid a situation. Knowing each step of a process before your appointment can help you engage with otherwise scary situations and minimize your fear of the dentist. We will be glad to help you understand dental procedures in such simple terms that they will make them seem as commonplace as brushing or flossing your teeth.

Relaxing can help you have a more pleasant experience at the dentist and minimize your fears. Breathing exercises, medication, or squeezing a stress ball – are just a few relaxation techniques you can employ to manage many dental phobias. We provide a variety of music to help distract you during your visit.

In some situations, sedation or medications may be appropriate to help you relax during your visit. If you take any medication or pain relievers that your dentist did not prescribe, make sure that he knows before you start a procedure to help ensure that there aren’t any potentially dangerous interactions between medications. Be aware that using these medications during a procedure can make it more expensive, which dental insurance may not cover.

For some visits, you might want to ask a friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment to help to distract you from a procedure, and also help calm you. If you are extremely anxious, ask the doctor if your friend can accompany you to the procedure room. Knowing that another trusted person is in the room may help you to feel safe and relax.

Many people fear the dentist because of complicated and often painful procedures. By getting regular cleanings and checkups, you’ll not only help yourself overcome your fear of the dentist, but also prevent serious oral health conditions. Also, make sure to take care of your oral health on a daily basis to minimize the risk of needing complicated procedures. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and making sure to floss can go a long way in preventing problems. The more often you get checkups that are positive, the more quickly you can overcome your fear of the dentist.

After an appointment, reward yourself with something you want or by doing something fun. This can help you associate dental visits with rewards instead of fear.