Are you afraid of the dentist? If you said yes, you are not alone! In fact, the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington reports that 5 to 8% of Americans avoid the dentist completely due to fear or anxiety. They also report that up to 20% of Americans will avoid the dentist unless completely necessary. Delicate Smiles understands your fears and concerns and wants to help diminish them to get you the care and health you need and deserve! Here are some tips to help you get over your fear:
Schedule some time to come in and just talk with your dentist. Talking through your fears and figuring out a plan of action before your appointment may make you feel like you have more control over the situation. Plus, seeing a friendly face when you come in for your appointment may make you feel more comfortable!
Many people when they think of being scared of the dentist, think of drills and needles which are only used in serious procedures. By keeping up with your daily brushing and flossing care routines, you are taking proactive measures to make sure you won’t have to deal with any of those serious procedures. Coming in for check up appointments with your dentist twice a year will also prevent issues from growing in severity and will allow for the dentist to monitor your health!
One of the main reasons why people are afraid of the dentist is a fear of pain. Talk to your dentist about the many options that sedation dentistry can provide you. Sedation dentistry is when dentists provide medication to help patients relax, depending on the severity of the anxiety and appointment type.
Tell your friends or family members about your fears, they are sure to want to help you! Bringing someone to support you to your appointment will make the whole process easier.
Create a playlist of all of your favorite songs! Then, just bring headphones and your iPhone/iPod. Being able to fill your head with music that you like will take your mind off of your anxiety and what is going on during the appointment.
Breathing techniques and meditation can be highly effective for calming the mind and body, and are easy to learn and use! There are plenty of methods described online in articles and Youtube videos that you can explore, so you can figure out which method works best for you!
Been craving pizza from that awesome shop down the street? Treat yourself after your appointment – as long as you don’t get your fluoride treatment that day! Think of a way to reward yourself for making steps to overcome your fear of the dentist. Not only will you get to do something fun, but you’ll have healthy teeth too!
These tips are just some of the ways that you can make steps towards overcoming your fear of the dentist. You are not alone in your fear, and Delicate Smiles wants to make your dental experience as comfortable and safe as possible! Contact us today by calling (303) 340-3330 or schedule an appointment here!