There are so many people in the world that fear going to see the dentist that they sometimes avoid it altogether. This is not the way to get over your fear of dentists however because this can cause you to have to see the dentist more often due to neglect of your mouth. Many people have built up such a fear of dentists that they get physically ill when they do have to go see one. None of this is necessary as there are ways to overcome your fear of dentists.
Most of the time, unless you are having problems with your teeth, people typically go to visit the dentist two times per year for their cleaning. Even going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned twice a year can be a problem if you have a huge fear of going to the dentist. Let’s look at a few things that may help you to overcome these fears and move on with your life.
First of all when you call to schedule a dental appointment, you should make sure to schedule it for a time of day that is less stressful for you. For example, if you hate mornings then do not schedule your dental appointment for 8am. If you typically feel more relaxed and at ease in the afternoons, by all means schedule your dental appointment for an afternoon time slot. You are the patient and you can choose when you are seen. Do not let those scary dental receptionists scare you into making an appointment during the time of day you hate most just to make their schedule easier.
If it is your first time seeing this particular dentist you should make an appointment just to go by and meet the dentist and his or her staff before your actual appointment. This way you will feel more comfortable with your surroundings and you will have been able to see where you are going to have your procedures done.
It is also a good idea to find a dentist that is able to deal with patients that have a fear of dentists. Be upfront with your dentist and tell him or her how you feel, don’t be afraid to share exactly what it is you are feeling. The more you and your dentist communicate the better. Do not wait until the dentist has your mouth open to try to talk to him or her about your fears because this will be difficult for both of you.
If you still do not feel comfortable about going to see the dentist, it may be time for you to consider sedation dentistry.