5 Useful Tips To Help You Overcome Dentist Phobia
1. Schedule An Appointment For An Office Consultation
Talk about your fears with your dentist to see how he/she reacts. Talk about your goals for oral health but start with general questions about teeth cleaning and x-rays to get an idea of how modern the office is. Most general and cosmetic dentists love to share any new technology they have and how it has enhanced the overall general dental experience. Depending on how long it’s been since you have visited a dental office in your areas, this could be a welcome change.
2. Consider Additional Medication To Relax
Most dentists don’t have a problem prescribing a one-time dose to help patients relax. Tense patients make most dental procedures difficult, especially accessing molar teeth or if the patient has a smaller mouth. Sedation Dentistry may also be a good option for larger jobs such as root canals and teeth implants, but check with your dentist to see whether they offer sedation services.
3. Find An Office That Makes You Comfortable
Going to the dentist does not have to be a negative experience. At our dental spa at the Roxbury in Beverly Hills, we take dental care to a new level. Our concierge will help you with anything you may need, both in our dental spa and outside in the surrounding community. A dentist office should be welcoming, calming and comfortable.
4. Establish A “Stop” Word With Your Dentist
It’s recommended, especially if you’re a very nervous patient, to establish a stop-word with your dentist and dental hygienist during your office consultation. This will give you the option to halt anything that may be uncomfortable or anything that may cause nervousness. Generally, just taking short breaks can help you get through most procedures.
5. Tell Your Dentist To “Go Slow”
Start with a simple-visit such as teeth cleaning to establish a relationship. Let them know you are nervous and usually they will take the cue to talk to you more to take your mind off your nerves. This is also a great way to build a relationship with your dentist and their staff.