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How to Deal With Dental Phobias

Posted by: Barbara Lopez on: January 18, 2016

Defining the Dental Phobia
A dental phobia is also considered to be dental anxiety. This is a fear and a raised anxiety that will come with the receiving of dental care. This can be simply described as a person who has a fear of the dentist. The thought of having an appointment with a dentist can bring up terror in an individual with a dental phobia. This entire phobia can lead many individuals right on a path of avoidance. They may opt to avoid dental care so that they do not experience the feeling of being terrified.

The Fears Can be Overcome
A dental phobia does not need to lead to a lack of good oral hygiene and care. There are approximately 5 percent to eight percent of Americans who will not seek dental care. They avoid their dentist because they are afraid. You may be interested to know, there are so many reasons that people develop dental phobias. The following ideas and tips will help anyone to deal with the dental phobia. These include:
* prepare yourself with knowledge prior to your appointment; most people will experience a build up of fear at the thought of having a cavity filled. You can actually ease your own fears by reassuring yourself that new technology has improved every visit to the dentist. You will most likely not experience your childhood pain. Remember that the up-to-date dentist has many new tools that provide a comfortable visit for patients
* you may want to inquire about the host of new medications that are available. Ask your dentist if he can write a prescription for a product that may reduce pain. This is one option and idea that does calm dental anxiety for many. It may or may not be your choice
* you may also want to try Nitrous oxide; this is viewed as a rather moderate method of sedation. It has been called a laughing gas. The overall recovery time may be a bit longer with the use of this method. Many people will laugh their way to good oral health
* meditation and a clear focus does help many people; you might want to try to calm your own fears with visualization. Many people calm themselves by imagining that they are in a serene setting. Positive self-talk will help. Others focus on one item in the office to distract their fears

Just Do it
There are those who have made the choice to just do it. This may require asking someone to set up your appointment and accompany you on you dental visit. You can keep in mind the following items:
* it takes courage to admit that you have anxiety and a phobia
* many people find comfort with the added support

Bottom line, don’t let your fear get in the way of regular dental checkups. Visit your local dentist and find out how they can accommodate your fear, while still providing treatment.