I am afraid of dental treatment. What should I do?
Does the mere thought of going to the dentist make your legs go jelly, your heart beat faster, and your brain look for excuses of other “important” things to do?
We’ve prepared 10 practical tips to help you cope with that fear!
First of all, it’s okay to be afraid
The things that our brain associates with pain or discomfort evoke a natural protective response in the form of fear.
Fear of dentists is usually related to the misconception that the treatment will be painful. It may also be related to negative experiences with doctors as a child. So, what can you do about it? How can you overcome your fears of dental treatment?
What are most people afraid of?
This way you will get used to the dentist, the smell of the office, and the equipment. This place will no longer cause anxiety, it will be easier to come here next time.
Schedule a consultation. Be open with the dentist about any fears you may have. An experienced dentist will know how to reassure you that your treatment will be painless and without complications. If you feel more confident after talking with your dentist, trust them in treating your teeth.
It is better to come to the clinic in the morning. That way, you won’t have to wait anxiously for half a day. You should prepare yourself in advance, preferably several days in advance. It will be easier to pull yourself together.
It does not hurt to relax by listening to quiet music on the day of your visit.
“I use modern local anesthesia for dental treatment, which completely eliminates any painful sensations during dental treatment. The only sensation the patient feels is the touch of the dentist’s fingers or the instruments used.
Dental treatment can be performed under sedation if the patient wishes.”
Some people ask a friend to go with them to the dentist to have a check-up.