Feeling fear, panic or anxiety at the moment of going to the dentist is more common than we think.
Most people think that they are not afraid, but the truth is that many people experience some anxiety or uneasiness during dental procedures, which can range from mild sensations to real phobias that prevent them from going to the dentist, with oral deterioration as a consequence.
How can I overcome fear of the dentist?
To overcome the fear of going to the dentist there are several techniques we can adopt:
1- Choose a dentist you trust: it is vital to choose a professional who makes you feel comfortable, with whom you have empathy and, if possible, is recommended by someone you know. You should state your fears and degree of anxiety, so that the dentist can explain the procedures to you and help you establish a bond of trust and closeness. This way, you will see the doctor as someone close, friendly and looking to help you.
2- Avoid long waiting times: during the waiting time it is easy for anxiety to increase, so you can ask the auxiliary staff of the clinic not to make you wait and, in this way, have a reduced waiting time.
3- Go accompanied by a family member or friend: especially useful in the first visits, until you feel comfortable. Going with someone you trust can be a great help.
4- Deep breathing: will help you release tension. Similarly, thinking about something pleasant can be effective.
5- Agree with the dentist: you will feel more confident if you reach an agreement with the professional to make some gesture, such as raising an arm, if you feel pain, discomfort or want to stop the procedure. This way, you will feel more at ease.
6- Help with medication: if the phobia does not allow you to undergo the necessary treatments, you can consider using anxiolytic medication before the consultation or sedation.