Nervous of Going to the Dentist? Here’s How to Overcome Your Fears

Nervous of Going to the Dentist? Here’s How to Overcome Your Fears
If you are nervous or fearful about visiting the dentist, you are definitely not the only one. In fact, the NHS website suggests that around one in four of us have some fears about going to the dentist. There are ways you can overcome your fears, so that visits to the dentist become more routine rather than nightmare experiences that you dread for weeks leading up to your appointment.

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Why are you worried about visiting the dentist?

There are many different reasons why you may be nervous of the dentist. For example, you may:
o    Be scared that treatments will hurt
o    Have had an upsetting, traumatic or painful childhood experience with the dentist
o    Have inherited fears about the dentist from your parents
Whatever the reason for your fears, you may now associate the smells and sounds of the dentist with feeling afraid and apprehensive. For many people, this often means they can’t even walk into a dentist’s surgery without feeling nervous.

Conquering your fears is important

Regular dental check-ups and treatments are very important for the health of your teeth, so you need to master your fear of the dentist so that you can at least bear to go for an annual check-up. Don’t leave it to the last minute, when you have a serious dental health problem, to conquer your fear. Take action now.

How to conquer your fear of the dentist

The first thing to remember is that dental surgeries have changed a lot in recent years, and they are now much friendlier environments than you may remember from visiting as a child. They no longer smell or look as clinical, and dentists and their staff are trained to be welcoming and friendly, especially to nervous patients.
With this thought in mind, try these tips for overcoming your fear of the dentist:
o    Choose an understanding dentist – a dental professional you are comfortable with and who specialises in treating nervous patients
o    In the waiting room – take a book or a music player with you, to distract you whilst you wait. With your mind on other things, you are less likely to be nervous.
o    Take a friend with you to your appointment – an understanding dentist won’t mind if they stay in the treatment room with you
o    Agree a sign with the dentist – one that signals that you want treatment to stop

Still nervous of visiting the dentist?

If none of the above tips and methods have helped you to overcome your nervousness about visiting the dentist, you may need to see a counsellor or a psychologist. There are treatments available to help people overcome extreme fears and phobias, such as desensitisation therapy, for example.

Louise Spender would like to share her tips on overcoming phobias, she writes articles on behalf of 32 Whites Ltd

Comments

  1. This article is very helpful for people who have phobia to dental check ups or dentists. But isn’t it more traumatic for those people if there will come a time that they no longer have the choice but to have their rotten teeth extracted that causes them sleepless nights? i agree with this article that as early as now they should overcome their fears..better yet wait for their worst nightmares.. 🙂

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