Ask The Expert
July 23, 2012
Dental phobia is surprisingly common. In fact, it may be the most common phobia. This has an obvious negative effect on health. The fear may cause you to delay care. And that can cause small problems to become bigger ones.
An anti-anxiety drug may help ease your anxiety. But since stress and tension can increase your experience of pain, its also good to have a strategy to help you gain control of the situation.
The following techniques are easy to learn, get better with practice and can be used together. Try some of these techniques during your next dental visit:
Heres the best news: Dentists have gotten very good at making you comfortable before they start working on your teeth. The tools are more refined than ever, and the treatments are more efficient.
Still, there is no shame in being very afraid. Come to your appointment armed with a few techniques that you can use. If one doesn't work, have a backup ready.
Or find a dentist who is experienced working with fearful patients. He or she can help you bear the few moments of discomfort before the numbing medicine takes hold.