What do you feel when you book an appointment of you with a dentist? Do you try and avoid seeing a dentist even though you are in pain? If your answer is yes, then you may suffer from Dental Phobia.
Dental Phobia is the fear which of visiting a dentist or a dental hospital. The anxiety or stress prevents you from seeking dental treatment.
The fear can be triggered even by just a thought of visiting a dentist. Sometimes, being near dental equipment like needles, antiseptic smells, drills can trigger the phobia.
If you want to overcome a phobia, then this article is for you. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce dental phobia,
Talk to your dentist about it
Talking to your dentist about the reason for your phobia will help you to reduce it. There can be various reasons for the fear. It can be fear of pain, fear of equipment, etc. If the pain is the cause, your dentist will administer anesthesia such that you will not feel any pain. If you are afraid of the equipment, the dentist can sedate you before your treatment begins. Establishing a good rapport with and getting comfortable with your dentist can go a long way in relieving dental fear.
Get rid the memories of your past experiences
Another cause for the dental phobia can be a previous bad experience at the dentist. This can be a very frightening experience and may prevent you from visiting the dentist. Your dentist can help you overcome these fears. Dentistry has come a long way. Treatment will never be as bad as you expect it to be
Accept advice from professionals
Your dentist has your best interest at heart and will give you the best advice.
Fear is also associated with lack of knowledge. Ask your dentist as many questions as you like regarding the treatment. Don’t hesitate! Also, do research on your own. Read blogs, books and watch videos on reputable websites. Arming yourself enough knowledge about the dental treatment may help you to overcome fear.
Listening to music and podcasts through headphones can distract from dental treatment
We at Seaholme Dental Surgery can help you to overcome your phobia. You can talk to our dentist in Altona about your problems and we can help you reduce your phobia.