Get Over Fear of the Dentist and Form a Healthy Relationship with Oral Hygiene
Going to the dentist is a fact of life. It’s the surefire way to ensure tooth health, like preventative care. So, if you have a moderate phobia of the dentist, how do you get over it?
This article gives you four tips to getting over dental fears, while hopefully forming a healthier relationship with your oral hygiene.
Meditate on Your Fear
Here is a simple meditative exercise to help you remain calm through a dental visit.
· Close your eyes and focus on taking deep breaths, slowly.
· Become aware of how your body feels, how your mind reacts, and the senses that surround you.
· Let your fears flow through your mind. Don’t let them stay but allow them to pass with acknowledgment.
· Breathe through your fears, see them as unnecessary, and put yourself in a position of power over them.
· Open your eyes with a renewed sense of purpose and a better outlook.
Interview a Dentist!
Make a shortlist of the dentists in your area and check the reviews on their websites. Set up appointments for interviews. Ask them questions that pertain to your concerns, like their protocol in emergency dental services. You need to know that you can rely on your chosen dentist.
Ask for Sedation (Don’t be Afraid to Advocate for Yourself)
The dental office staff is well-aware that their patients have genuine, tangible fears. They are there to accommodate. Don’t be afraid to ask for sedation or take someone with you to hold your hand through an appointment.
Overcoming Your Fears Takes Trial and Error
Your fear of the dentist wasn’t created overnight, and it won’t be ended overnight. Sometimes you have to put yourself into a scenario, again and again, with someone you trust, so strive to find a dentist that understands.
Never feel pressured to continue seeing a dentist that makes you uncomfortable. Trust yourself to make the right decision.