Having treated many fearful patients over the years, here are a some suggestions to help ease your worries.
1. Express Yourself
Find a dentist you feel comfortable talking to so you can express your fears. Very often dental phobia stems from just one bad experience, and talking about it brings it out into the open. You will immediately see if your dentist is empathetic.
2. Ask Questions
Ask your dentist to explain what he/she is doing. One of the main reasons for dental anxiety is “the overwhelming loss of control” that some people experience in the chair. A great technique that many dentists use is “tell, show, and do.” By incorporating this into the dental procedure, you will feel more in control of the situation, as you will know exactly what is going on.
3. Raise your Hand to Stop
Whether it is because you feel a sneeze coming on, your jaw is tired, or you are feeling some discomfort, you will feel more relaxed knowing that you can stop anytime.
4. Control the Length of the Appointment
I recently saw a patient who told me that she cannot sit in the chair for more than 30 minutes at a time. We limited her first visits to 30 minutes as she requested, and after a few appointments, she was ready
to prolong the time that she could comfortably be treated.
5. Think Ahead
In anticipating your visit, many questions and concerns might run through your mind. Jot these thoughts down on your smartphone or a piece of paper. That way when you are overwhelmed by the situation, your notes will help you get the information that you need.
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