Ranked fifth for the most common fears, dental phobia is a common occurrence with children and adults around the world. Who hasn’t been afraid of going to the dentist at least once in their life? The good news, however, is that we can help you overcome fear of the dentist with a few easy steps.
One of the easiest ways to overcome dental phobia while sitting in the dentist’s chair is to simply breath. Breathing helps lower your heart rate and will calm your nerves, making you less fidgety during your dental visit. Take one deep breath at a time until you feel calm and relaxed. This will also help your dentist perform their treatment without complications.
Bring a friend or family member
Next time you have a dentist appointment, ask a friend or family member to join you. Having someone there to help and support you (emotionally and physically) will help take a huge weight off your shoulders. You’ll be much more relaxed knowing that you have a friend or family member sitting in the waiting room, standing by until you’re finished.
After your dentist appointment, try to reward yourself with a fun activity or trip to somewhere you enjoy going. Whether it’s seeing a movie or going shopping, having something to look forward to throughout your visit will help ease your mind.
Find your perfect dentist
The most important thing about getting over dental phobia is finding a dentist you like and trust. If your current dentist is too frightening or doesn’t take your phobia seriously, it’s probably time to find someone new. Look for someone that will listen to your fears and who will accommodate any special needs you have when visiting them.
If you’re looking for more ways to get over dental phobia or think it’s time for a dentist to help you get over your fears, contact us today!