Overcome Your Dental Fears With Our Pain-Free Guide

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Not many of us enjoy going to the dentist, but it’s something we should all do on a regular basis. Whether we feel pain in our mouths or not, a dentist will have a good look at our gums and molars, and let us know if there is anything wrong. Chances are, the dentist will rectify a problem before it becomes worse, so a yearly check-up should be something we all mark on our calendars.

Of course, there are those of us who are fearful of visiting the dentist. In extreme cases, the fear of going to the dentist can become a genuine phobia, more information on which can be found at http://www.colgate.com/what-is-dental-anxiety-and-phobia. For others, there are common reasons for being fearful, such as having an injection, feeling helpless, or the embarrassment in having to admit we eat more sugar than we should!

Should you be apprehensive at visiting the dentist, follow these tips to help you overcome your fears.

Care for your teeth

Let’s be honest, if you care for your teeth, you will have less to worry about when you visit the dentist. We have already given you a little advice on what you could use for your dental care at http://www.meanmommymagic.com/2015/01/how-do-you-care-for-your-teeth/, and you should take responsibility by not eating too many sugary foods and drinks which will damage your teeth and gums.

 

Forget childhood traumas

Okay, so it’s not easy to forget traumas, and if you have had a bad experience at the dentist as a child, you are not going to want to return in a hurry. However, times have moved on. Dentists have developed new methods and technologies to make your experience less painful and more comfortable, so some of your fears can be laid to rest.

Find a good dentist

While instances of bad dentistry are rare, you should still do your research. Speak to family and friends, and go online to find out further information. Find a dentist who is especially good with patients who are fearful, and then call them to discuss your options. They should put you at ease, help you overcome any fears you are having, and talk you through your treatment options.

 

Numb the pain

As seen here, https://www.southviewdentistrycharlotte.com/service/tooth-extractions/, a good dentist will give you a choice of sedatives when it comes to an extraction. You don’t need to be awake during the treatment, but if you prefer to be, they will use a sedative so you don’t feel pain.

 

Bring a friend

Find a friend who isn’t afraid of the dentist, as they may raise your apprehension as you sit together in the waiting room. Instead, pick somebody who will give you moral support, and if the dentist allows it, hold your hand while you’re sat in the dentist chair.

 

Practice relaxation techniques

Of course, you don’t want to interrupt your dental treatment with a sudden burst of yoga, but the techniques here, http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/psychology/relaxation-techniques/will help you to relax your muscles while you are sat in the dentist’s chair. Just don’t fall asleep in the process!

 

Reward yourself

Finally, reward yourself for overcoming your dental fears. Do something you enjoy, such as going to the cinema or spending time with friends. Just don’t gorge out on a giant bar of chocolate!

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