What to Do if You’re Nervous About the Dentist

Going to the dentist is nobody’s idea of a great day, but there are some people who dread it more than others. A very small number of people have had a bad experience at a dental office. The larger share of people are scared because of childhood experiences and/or popular culture perceptions. Whatever the case may be, the anxiety about the dentist is real. Furthermore, some dental procedures can be uncomfortable. Paradoxically, the more often you go to the dentist, the healthier your teeth and the less likely you are to have one of these uncomfortable experiences. So, here are a few things that might help calm your nerves.

Learn Everything You Can

Some people find comfort in learning everything they can about what they should expect. You can call a dental office and ask about the procedures they have available. You can talk to someone who knows, and that might help. Some people like to do research into the procedure they’re about to have. However, you should definitely not look for horror stories of the procedure you’re about to have. Poor outcomes are exceedingly rare in most dental procedures.

Some people might not respond well to learning more about the procedures.

Sleep Dentistry

Some dental offices are offering what is called sleep dentistry. This is when the dentist will administer a mild sedative for routine dental procedures. Typically, it is not as powerful as the sedative used for dental surgery. While it is known as sleep dentistry, you’re usually not completely asleep. Many find it a much easier way to deal with the dentist.

Visit Frequently

Dentists recommend that you visit a dental office every six months; if you can’t make it that often, they recommend once a year. However, if you can go every six months or so, you’ll be less likely to experience a painful procedure. That’s because dental problems tend to grow slowly and compound in severity. As they get worse over time, they will require more invasive procedures. For example, a root canal surgery involves removing the root of your tooth because it has become infected. That is surgery, but if you had caught the infection early, it’s possible that a dentist could have treated it without surgery.

That’s just one example of how visiting frequently can help you. These are three common ways that people deal with their anxiety about visiting the dentist. Dental hygiene is good hygiene; therefore, you should work with a dentist to deal with your concerns.

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