Dental fear is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. If that’s you, we’ve got some top tips to get you back in the dentist’s chair
Does the thought of going to the dentist give you anxiety? We want all our patients to feel as relaxed as possible. That’s why we’ve put together 10 tips and facts to take the fear out of your visit.
You’re not alone!
Did you know one in four people have a fear of the dentist? Often, our fears are much scarier than the reality. We want to fix your pain, not cause it, which is why we invest in the best technology for a more pleasant patient experience. You can rest assured that you’ll feel much better after you leave than before you came in.
Improving your smile, not ruining it
Unlike the gung-ho dentists of the past, we specialize in minimally invasive dentistry to ensure we don’t do more work than is necessary so you shouldn’t suffer from persistent problems. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.
Talk it through with us
Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth. Letting us know you have dental anxieties means we can make your visit as comfortable as possible and even talk through anesthesia options with you.
First times aren’t so bad
Unless you’re in a lot of pain and need emergency treatment, your first visit will simply be a check-up of your teeth, gums and jaws. If you do need a little work, we’ll discuss it with you, answer all your questions and invite you back another day.
Come for a clean
Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures. Why not book a cleaning with one of our friendly hygienists first?
Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax. Taking a few minutes to do this before your appointment can help balance your mind and settle your nerves.
Book an early morning appointment so you have less time to get worked up during the day.
Agree on a Signal
If you’re concerned about pain, devise a signal with your dentist so they know when to stop. Then they can give you a break if you need one and address any worries.
Invite a friend
Does your fear make you feel alone or trapped? Bringing a friend or family member can give you the emotional support you need.
When your fear of the dentist interferes with your life or stems from a generalized anxiety or medical disorder, speak to your GP. They can signpost you to counselling or other support services to help you tackle those stresses.
If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.
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