The fear of the dentist is a powerful emotion that prevents many people from visiting the dentist regularly. Those who are scared of sitting into the dentist’s chair because they are worried that they might experience pain or embarrassment tend to neglect their duty to get their teeth inspected regularly, which can lead to more severe dental problems over time. If you are afraid of making a dental appointment, too, here are a few tips that can help you overcome your phobia:
- Find the right dentist – a really good dentist will not judge you by the condition of your teeth and will also understand your fears and worries. Find a compassionate dentist and ask them to do only an exam during the first visit to allow you to get accustomed to the Dr.
- Consult your dentist about sedation dentistry – Dr. McMillon here at Hearthside Dentistry performs treatments under mild anesthesia that will allow you to be comfortable and relaxed.
- The importance of relaxation – practicing relaxation techniques and meditation are known to be very efficient in the process of overcoming the fear of dentists and distractions, such as listening to music or watching a show during your procedure.