Not many people enjoy going to the dentist office, but they do it anyway. For some people, going to the dentist seems insurmountable. Dental phobia sufferers often feel alone in their fear, but there are ways to tackle those fears.
Find the Right Dentist
It is important to find to the right dentist for you. Your fear is real and you will need a sympathetic, caring dentist in order for you to feel comfortable. You will want a dentist who will see you as a whole person. Avoid large dental chains. These dentists, while good at their trade. are often rushed and see you as another set of teeth.
Dentists who deal well with nervous patients often adopt methods from children’s dentistry. This is not to say you are a child or that your fears are silly, but these psychological approaches do work. Find a dentist who is willing to tell you what they are doing, show you what they are going to do, and then will proceed. Often when you know what is happening it helps.
Like everything else, technology makes dentistry easier on both the patient and the dentist. When looking for a dentist look for one who is up to date on the latest technology. One of the best techno-gadgets out there for patients with dental phobia is the Dental Button. This button is given to you and allows you some measure of control. When you need a break you press the button and the drill shuts off. When you feel ready to begin again the dentist resets the button. Many innovative gadgets are out there and being used in quite a few dental offices.
If you feel that the right dentist, psychological approaches, and current technology are not enough to help you overcome your fear, you can explore pharmacological options. It is important to understand that sedation is not a substitute but an addition to the right dentist. Not all dentists are comfortable with sedation. There are possible side effects and you need to talk with the dentist and think seriously before going ahead with it.
The fear of going to the dentist is a common one. Since it is so common many dentists are becoming more “patient” aware in dealing with dental phobias. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to explore your options. Taking care of your teeth is so important to your overall health that ignoring your fears can cause you many more problems.