Many people have a fear of dentists which may have developed when they were children. This fear is quite common, but for some people, it can be quite overwhelming. Putting off visits or complete avoidance are not unheard of. Since dental care is really important not just for your gums and teeth but also your overall health, wouldn't it be nice if you could alleviate some of these fears so that your dental visits become a more pleasant and relaxing experience? Here are some ways that can help you achieve just that.
1. Go With Someone You Trust
You can take a friend or relative to your appointment. You'll have a trusted person not just there, but on the way there. It can help to joke and laugh and ease some of the tension and you won't feel alone.
2. Use Of Medication To Relax
Call and ask if the dentist offers some form of sedation. Some dentists will offer this option to really nervous patients, so if you're shopping around for a dentist, make sure to ask if the dentist will offer some form of medication to keep you calm during your visit. You will actually be conscious but very relaxed. The funny thing is, you may not remember anything at all afterwards! It may sound drastic, but at least it will allow a patient to have work done instead of completely avoiding a visit altogether, which, in the long run, could be detrimental to your health. Not only could you get gum disease or lose teeth, but many people are not aware that even simple cleaning can help you reduce the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). Try to visit your dentist regularly and never put it off.
3. Schedule A Prior Visit
If you have an anxiety issue with dental visits, there is nothing wrong in scheduling a visit with your dentist and the office staff. If they do not cater to you, find someone else who does. After all, this is important to you, so you need to be looked after by someone who cares, understands and are willing to go that extra mile to make your actual appointment go as smoothly as possible. A prior meeting with the dentist and staff will go a long way in helping ease some of your worries and concerns. It also lets you know that you are dealing with people who are sensitive to your needs and take you seriously.
4. Arrange A Signal
Talk to your dentist about arranging some kind of signal to let him or her know if you are feeling uncomfortable or frightened. You can then take a breather or have some reassurance from the dentist and the hygienist to help relieve some of the fears you're feeling. In a fearful situation, it can really help to know that you're not on your own and that you have someone there who is willing you on and encouraging you to the point where you can summon up some courage from deep within to go on. When you do, not only will you feel better, but it can play a role in gradually easing your worries for future visits. Perhaps one day, your fears will be extinguished altogether!
5. Deep Breathing
Breathing slowly and deeply will help calm and relax you more. This is why yoga focuses so much on your breath. Deep breathing slows down your heart rate and you won't have sudden surges of adrenaline causing you unwanted anxiety. Practice deep breathing well before your visit so that you'll know exactly what to do and when to do it. In general, it's also very good for you!
Don't let anxiety get in the way of your health by avoiding regular dental visits. Using some of these techniques or options can help you through your appointment. You may prefer one method over another, but the main thing is to go there and look after your oral and overall health.