If you are nervous of the dentist, then you need to overcome dental fear. While a full-blown phobia can be more complicated and require more intensive treatment to overcome, general fear of the dentist can often be a case of “mind over matter”.
Overcoming your fear doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Here are some quick and easy tips for making your next trip to the dentist a bit more comfortable.
Talk to your dentist
Any practicing dentist has experience with many types of patient, and will certainly have experience with nervousness before and during an appointment. Any dentist would prefer to know if their patient is feeling uncomfortable, as it helps them tailor their treatment, so don’t be afraid to tell them if you’re not at ease or if there’s a particular procedure you’re concerned about.
Breathing exercises to calm your mood are useful in any context, and can be especially good at times when you’re nervous. To maximise the effect, it’s best to start practicing breathing exercises in advance so that they become habitual. Here are some of our favourites.
If you have a significant amount of dental work to be carried out, you can negotiate with your dentist to start with the less invasive treatment if possible. Starting on smaller procedure and building up to more intensive work can help ease you into the process. It also means your dentist will get to know how you respond to treatment so they can adapt accordingly to make you feel even more comfortable.
Find a Dentist you Trust
If you don’t feel comfortable with your dentist, you can request to see another one in the same practice, or change your practice completely. Don’t use this as an excuse to avoid treatment, simply bear in mind that this option is available to you if you do find yourself at an impasse.
Stay tuned for Part Two soon!