Almost everyone feels anxious about visiting the dentist at some point. Even some dentists experience dental anxiety of their own. Different people are affected by different concerns, from worries of being criticized for imperfect hygiene to a fear of pain from a procedure. Some people may dread the feeling that they are not in control while they are in the dentist’s chair.
Whatever has you worried about an upcoming dental visit, finding a way to deal with it is important. Fear of the dentist leads many people to avoid preventative care and necessary treatments, allowing problems to grow and become more complicated. The sooner you get help, the easier any treatment will be.
If you are frightened of the pain you might experience, or even find yourself uncomfortable with the sounds and sights of a dental office, remember that times have changed. Over the past two decades, advances in technology allow us to perform procedures more efficiently while keeping you, the patient, more comfortable. Even drills have become quieter! The environment has changed too. Bedford Dental Group has a television in every room, an open and welcoming waiting area, and a friendly staff that works to make sure you feel safe and relaxed throughout your visit.
For some people, this isn’t enough to shake off all their fears. In these cases, we recommend trying some common coping practices. Distracting yourself can be an excellent way to keep your cool during a visit to the dentist. Some patients bring earphones and play music or funny podcasts. You can also turn to the televisions we have provided for exactly this purpose. You can also try counting backwards or playing a mental game to keep yourself thinking of something else. You can also attempt to distance yourself from the pain or remind yourself that it will be worth it in the end and stay optimistic.
If you are nervous during your dental visit, let your dentist know. We are in the business of keeping you healthy, and while we specialize in teeth and gums, we also care about the rest of you. If we know there is a problem, we can work with you to fix it. In some cases, an alternative treatment method can be used, or a specialized set of tools implemented to help you feel better through the experience. If it’s available, you may be given some kind of sedation before your treatment, and you may not even know it is happening. We want to build trusting relationships with our patients, and a good dentist will always listen and do what he can for his patients.
Of course, the best way to ward off dental anxieties is to keep up with good preventative care. If nothing is wrong, there is no need to undergo treatment to fix it.
If you’re experiencing dental fears, know that you aren’t alone. But it is always better to face that fear and get work done. No matter what is bothering you, there are ways to get through it. If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist, now is the time to make an appointment. In the end, you’ll be glad you went.