As they say prevention is better than cure, it goes the same for oral health. It’s good to keep good oral hygiene and to go for regular dental check-ups rather than ending up in some dental disease. Unfortunately, there are people who suffer from anxiety whenever it comes to dental check-ups. They are scared of the dentists and the possible pain they might encounter. This makes them avoid the much-required regular visits to the dentist, and therefore, they often suffer from tooth problems.
Most dental phobias have their roots in previous experiences with inexpert dentists. To overcome your anxiety, you should select a good and experienced dentist. You can ask from your associates or family members regarding the best dentist in your locality. A good dentist has these qualities:
Is very competent.
Is tolerant and understand the patient’s mental condition.
Attempts to make each appointment as pain-free as possible.
Honestly cares about you and is concerned about your health.
Understands your phobia and treats you accordingly.
Once you find the right dentist for your needs, you should form a true partnership with him, with an increasing trust factor. The visits should be planned, discussed and chalked out with the dentist. You should talk to your dentist exactly how the things will go on each of the visits. You can chalk out the whole plan, and this will lower your anxiety level and fear of the dentist.
The first appointment can be a ‘get to know’ kind of visit, where you can discuss your medical and dental history with your dentist. In this visit, you and your dentist can get to know each other better, and this will reduce your anxiety to a large level. Once you discuss the dentist’s planned procedure, you will feel on a higher confidence level, and will have lesser fear of pain.
In the second appointment, you can discuss with the dentist, the most stressful thing about dentistry according to you. You can talk it out with him along with the ways to reduce your stress. The dentist can also perform an examination, take some x-rays and prepare a treatment plan. The dentist may also proceed with teeth cleaning is the patient is ready. Every step of progress should be controlled by the patient and he should be the one deciding if he is ready to perform a certain process or not. There should be no pressure on the patient.
In future visits, progress can be made in slow steps and the ‘no pressure’ approach on the patients help them get rid of their fears completely and visit the dentist with much more confidence. This takes care of the patient’s anxieties and phobias, and builds confidence in him. It also strengthens the dentist-patient bond, and both have a better understanding of each other.
Anxiety generally develops from the fear of the unknown, and it can be greatly reduced, or even removed when you know exactly what to expect. If you follow these simple steps, you will never be scared of going to the dentist again.
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