Most people are slightly nervous about going to the dentist or any sort of medical appointment and that’s perfectly normal. However, for some, anxiety and fear actually prevents them from going to the dentist and this will eventually impact negatively on their oral health.
Whether it’s due to feeling out of control or trapped when they are in the dentist’s chair, embarrassment about the state of their gums, or a bad experience in their past that was extremely painful, there are a whole host of reasons why some men, women and children can suffer from extreme dental phobia.
Here’s some tips on how to overcome your apprehension about going to the dentist:
- Recognise your fears: Understanding your fears is the first step in overcoming them. By articulating exactly what is worrying you – whether it’s the physical sensation or fear about pain – then you can discuss it with your dentist and they can put your fears to rest.
- Gradually reduce your fears: Organise a chat with the hygienist where you discuss your typical oral routine and they can give you advice. Feel comfortable about going to the dentist before embarking on more comprehensive dental treatment.
- Take someone with you to dental appointments: You don’t have to go it alone. Take a friend or family member with you to your appointments to offer support.
- Reward yourself: Even if you’re just attended a check-up with the hygienist, reward yourself with something nice so you start to relate your dental visits with fun activities.
- Find a dentist that offers general anaesthetic: Many patients, particularly if they are about to undergo lengthy and comprehensive dental treatment, find the solution in a dentist that offers general anaesthetic.
At CK Dental, we’re one of the only dentists in the UK to offer this solution. To find out more, call us on 0117 906 4868.