1 in 4 of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear.
Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.
If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, here are some tips to ease the fear:
- We are committed to providing ‘pain-free’ dentistry and offer several levels of dental sedation.
- Come for a free consultation, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment. Tell us that you’re anxious so we know beforehand.
- Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.
- The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don’t worry that you’ll be launched into having a filling, the drill or a needle. See this first visit as your chance to get to know the dentist.
- Bring a friend with you to your appointment. The dentist won’t mind if they accompany you throughout the check-up or treatment.
- Agree a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger, and will help you feel more in control.
- If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and rapport with your dentist.
- Take some headphones with you to listen to music during your visit. It will help you relax.
More information can be found on the NHS website (fear of the dentist help)