If you have suffered from a fear of the dentist for a long time, then you may have avoided essential treatment for your teeth. You may have come to the point where dental work is essential, be at the risk of losing all of your teeth if you don’t have some treatment now, or have just decided that being scared of the dentist is a problem you can resolve. Getting rid of your nerves before a dentists’ visit is not always easy, but there are a few things that you can do to make sure that your appointment goes well.
Retraining your mind to not be nervous of the dentist can be easier if you reward yourself after a successful visit, or take steps to soothe your nerves beforehand with something you enjoy. If you are thinking of your reward while the dentist appointment is going on, then you might be distracted enough to relax. A combination of distraction techniques, such as listening to music or planning a special event, and relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or yoga, can help you to feel better about the dentist visit.
As important as it is to use relaxation techniques in the short term, one of the best ways to get rid of nerves in the long-term is to develop a good relationship with your dentist. Talking openly and honestly about your treatments can actually relax you, as you will be told what is happening, when it is happening, and what to expect. If you find a dentist you like and trust, then you should be some way towards feeling better about your treatment. You may also want to know about the treatments, and can find facts about extractions, crowns, fillings and other kinds of dental work in books and online. Research can help you to feel in control of your dental treatment.
If you find that your anxiety is so extreme that you can’t relax at all, then it may help to have the dentist give you a small IV sedative while the treatment is being completed. Our team of highly trained dentists know how to use this method to relax their patients, and most of our nervous patients really benefit from this sedation, relaxing and feeling as though the dental work has only taken a short time.