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Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist. For those with dental phobia, however, the thought of a dental visit is terrifying. They may be so frightened, in fact, that they'll do just about anything to avoid a dental a appointment. A phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear.
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.
f you haven't seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable nowadays.
"Most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery.
Tips to ease dental fear
If you're anxious about seeing the dentist
Hypnotherapy can help overcome your phobia and treatment while being relaxed.
Find an understanding dentist. Ask friends and family if they can recommend one or look for someone who advertises themselves as an expert with anxious patients.
Once you've found someone you think may be suitable, visit the surgery to have a look around, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment.
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.
Take 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.
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