Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

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In today’s day and age, most dental procedures are completely painless, yet some folks still have a hard time getting over their fear of going to see the dentist. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 tips for overcoming your fear of the dentist.

1. Talk!

One of the best ways to get over your fear of dental procedures is to talk to your dentist about what exactly you’re afraid of. Have your dentist explain what procedure will be taking place and what it will accomplish.

2. Space Out Your Visits

Try and schedule your visits in wide windows of time so you can begin to cope with dental procedures in small doses.

3. Breathe

Do your best and try to relax before and during your procedure. Deep breaths will help to lower your heart rate and keep you at a nice, calm energy level throughout the entire process

4. Bring a Friend

Bringing a friend or family member to your procedure will help you to get your feelings and worries out and off your chest. Having a support system during your visit will help keep stress levels down before and after the procedure.

5. Jam Out!

Before your visit, ask your dentist or a staff member if listening to music during your procedure is allowed. If so, feel free to make a playlist of some of your favorite tunes to listen to during your visit.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Ask your dentist to “hide” his or her tools from you before and during the process. This may help alleviate any fear of needles or sharp tools.

7. Trust

Before any procedure, it’s important to make sure you find a dentist you like, know, and trust. Trusting in your dentist is an extremely helpful first step when it comes to getting over your fear.

8. Control

If your main fear of going to the dentist is centered around lack of control, inform your dentist that you’ll be putting up a hand to encourage the dentist to briefly stop the procedure to give you a break. This puts you in control for a brief moment and allows you to feel more at ease.

9. More Visits

In addition to spacing out your visits, try your best to visit your dentist more than normal to help get over your fear of being in the chair.

10. Additional Sedatives

First, ask your dentist if taking any additional sedatives is okay. If so, take an appropriate amount of medication to help keep you relaxed throughout the procedure.

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