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How To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist

How To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist

 

 

Dentist talking to female patient in clinic

Though our dental team is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about their career path, we understand that sitting in a recliner chair on a Saturday morning isn’t exactly the most exciting thing for our patients.

It’s not uncommon to have built-up nerves prior to a dentist appointment. Whether it’s due to the fact that you haven’t been properly keeping up with flossing or because you’re worried about having a cavity, our team wants to make the process of visiting our office as seamless and comfortable as possible.

While it’s understandable that visiting the dentist is not the most pleasant past-time, we’d like to share a few tips with you to help overcome your fear. We hope these tips will help ease your mind about your next visit to our Mississauga dental office, because we love seeing our clients with healthy smiles!

Address Your Fear

woman booking appointment

Avoiding the dentist can be harmful to your oral health, both short-term and in the long run. Rather than missing appointments or not scheduling any at all, address your fears and confront them head-on by making a list and doing research about the emotions you are feeling.

Many people become nervous or scared when health care professionals are involved, and we sympathize with that. Talking to people you know who have a similar fear might help break down the nerves you experience when going to the dentist.

According to Colgate, “Dental anxiety causes a sense of uneasiness when it’s time for appointments. Dental phobia is a more serious condition. It’s an intense fear or dread. People with dental phobia aren’t merely anxious; they are terrified or panic-stricken.”

Here are some of the symptoms of dental anxiety and dental phobia:

  • Feeling increasingly nervous before a dental appointment and while waiting for your turn upon arrival
  • Feeling stressed or extremely tense when thinking about going to the dentist
  • Having difficulty sleeping a few nights prior to the appointment (or the night before)
  • Having a panic attack when entering the dental room
  • Inability to relax muscles during dental procedures

If you need additional support, we’re more than happy to be a helping hand throughout your oral health journey!

Find The Right Dentist For You

Dentist talking to patient who smiles back as assistant watches

The most important step to overcoming your fear of the dentist is to get to know him or her. Discomfort can stem from many areas. If you have any doubts about your current dentist, it may be time to search for a new one.

Feeling confident with your dentist and the dental team at your chosen office is a key part of pushing past your fear. If you’re unsure of how to make this big decision, here are a few recommendations:

  • Set up a consultation with multiple dentists or chat with them over the phone
  • Upon meeting, discuss your oral health goals, the history of your teeth and any other concerns you may have
  • Read reviews online about the dentists you’re considering or ask around from people that have visited them before
  • Take suggestions from close family members and friends
  • Though having suggestions is helpful, everyone’s needs are unique. Don’t feel required to stick to the same dental team that your loved ones go to.

Become Knowledgeable On Your Teeth

Woman at dental checkup

It’s crucial to know as much as possible about your oral health. Going for a cleaning twice a year is the first and most important step, but we don’t recommend stopping there. Many patients tend to take the advice of dentists as a mere suggestion, rather than helpful counsel.

Paying attention to what’s happening inside your mouth can be done in many ways. When you come for your regular check-ups, ask questions! Don’t be afraid to have a list of concerns or comments about your oral health. After all, we’re here to help.

Discuss any Concerns

Dentist's Reception

 In between appointments, make a list of specific things that worry you about your oral health. For example:

  • Any toothaches or pains
  • Worries about certain dental procedures (wisdom tooth removal, root canal, etc.)
  • Unsatisfied with alignment
  • Excessive bleeding when flossing
  • Chipped teeth

Take these concerns to your next appointment and go over them. Though it might scare you to bring up any pains or worries you have, it’s important to address them before they get worse.

Covering up any issues with your teeth can only lead to further infections or issues.

While we can examine your teeth without guidance, it’s a lot more helpful to hear any experiences or pain symptoms you may have so that we know where to focus.

Bring A Companion For Moral Support

 

Having a friend or family member at your appointments is completely okay. Though there are some procedures that require others to leave the room, any companion you bring is more than welcome to wait in the check-in area.

Having someone at appointments can help release any stress or anxiety you may be feeling about your appointment. It’s always nice to see a friendly face before and after!

Want To Chat About Your Oral Health Concerns? Give Us A Call!

With years of experience under our belts, our professional dental team at City Square Dental is ready to guide you through the seamless process of starting your oral health journey. With advanced technology and dedicated staff, we can ensure you that our clients are our top priority.

Luckily, our expertise goes far beyond regular cleanings. We offer a long list of dental services including root canalsdental implantsinvisible bracesfillings, and much more. We promise that your smile will shine brighter after leaving our office, regardless of which service you choose.

To learn more about the rest of our dental services, our extraordinary dental service team or to book an appointment, visit our website.