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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Most people suffer from anxiety attacks before visiting the dentist. And these people must either try their best to deal with their dental phobia or risk their oral health by not visiting the dentist at all, which could lead to lasting serious health problems and ends in lengthy and pricey surgery.

The first thing to bear in mind when you face up to your phobia of dentists is that dentists themselves are medical experts and specifically trained with patients who are nervous. It is also worth bearing in mind that your dentist have seen numerous patients who are anxious during treatment, and that you be far from the worst case that they have ever dealt with.

Luckily, there are some simple things that you can do to rise above your dental anxiety and feel comfortable visiting the dentist.

  • Distraction techniques – you could play some music that you know will relax you during a surgery or treatment. This is something that will help you get your mind off the whole scenario. Or you could try to concentrate on relaxing each body part sequentially and try to focus your mind on other things, like happy thoughts or something in the future which you are looking forward to.
  • Hypnotherapy - this can also be a great way to treat dental phobia. While hypnotized, you are safe in the knowledge that you are not forced to do anything against your will and you can relax knowing that this technique doesn't involve taking any medication. 
  • Counseling - this type of therapy is proven to be a very effective way of overcoming all sorts of different fears. This includes sitting down and talking to somebody face to face about your fear. You could try to talk about why you have this fear, perhaps events in the past that have set you off, and learn to accept and recognize your fear and face it little by little, to try and see things in a more positive light. 
  • Make sure your dentist knows your situation and feelings about visiting a dentist. In this case, your dentist would know how to make you feel better and help you during treatments or surgeries. Also, you can visit your dentist beforehand and ask questions that you wish and get a detailed step by step guide of exactly what the procedure involves so that you can psychologically prepare yourself prior the treatment.
  • Establishing a healthy relationship with your dentist is one of the most effective ways to overcome your fear, as this will make you more likely comfortable during your treatment. And by doing so, you will be able to build a trusting relationship and you'll end up visiting without any fear.