There are a large number of people who are afraid of dentists and general dentistry practices. Many of these people have gone to a family dentistry clinic in the past where they felt some pain, and this has scarred them. Unfortunately there are dentist in family dentistry practices that are not good with children, these dental workers wind up making people afraid to see dentist in the future.
Some people have never been actually injured by a dental procedure, but are still terrified of the thought of going to see a dentist. When people are afraid of the dentist they postpone their dental visits and this causes them to suffer increased amounts of tooth pain, and damage. If you fear visits to the dentist then there are some things that you can do to help overcome these fears.
• Make an appointment with a family dentistry office for a simple meet and greet. Go into the office and get familiar with the staff, the way they do things, the layout of the clinic, and you will be more comfortable when you need to make an appointment to have dental work done
• Explain to the dentist about your fears and they will give you something to calm your nerves before a procedure
• See the dentist more often. When you only see the dentist because you are in pain then you associate pain with dental procedures. If you make appointments and see the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups then you will be less afraid because you will know that the dentist chair does not always signify pain
• Take someone with you when you go to the dentist so that you feel secure. Take a family member, or friend that makes you feel safe so you will not feel like you are alone at the office. Tell the receptionist that you want your friend or family member to go back with you when the dentist is ready to see you.
• Have the dentist allow you to touch the instruments they will be using. If you can touch the drill, then you will feel it and will have less fear of it
• Wear earphones and listen to music while the dentist works on your mouth. Tell the dentist that you will be doing this so they can get your attention if they need to ask you a question, but listening to music you like can relax you and help reduce the amount of fear you are in
General dentistry deals with tooth extractions, cleanings, fillings, cavities, and many other dental procedures. This is the most frequently visited type of dental clinic, and more people going into one of these clinics are afraid in comparison to people going to see a cosmetic dentist, or an orthodontist.
Part of conquering fear is accepting that you are afraid, and confronting that fear. You have to take a deep breath and tell yourself that you will not allow the fear of the dentist to run your life and ruin your dental health.