Overcoming your fear of the dentist

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 9:27AM

By Jeremy Y


Do you get the jitters when it's time to go to the dentist? Don't worry because you are not alone in that. According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, dental anxiety and phobia is extremely common and is estimated to affect between 9% to 15% of Americans. Some people just don't look forward to dental appointments, even though most procedures are relatively pain-free. The result of this fear of the dentist can usually lead to worse teeth as people put up with infections, pain and broken teeth.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid being afraid of the dentist:

  1. Understand your fears are normal.
  2. Find a good dentist that understands your dental anxiety.
  3. Make friends with the good dentist.
  4. Use a stress reliever like a stress ball during your visit.
  5. Bring a magazine, book or portable game with you so that you can keep your mind occupied.
  6. It can also be a good idea to bring a friend or family member who is not afraid of the dentist.
  7. Remember to think positive thoughts.
  8. Plan to do something fun after the dental appointment so you have something to look forward to after.
  9. Finally, a dentist can also provide sedation if your anxiety is too high.

For the full list and details, be sure to check out the source linked below.

Source: Suresh Patel Dentist