Understanding and Overcoming Fear of the Dentist
In some people, dental anxiety is an outright dental phobia which keeps them from ever visiting the dentist for checkups or for dental health problems they may be experiencing. Avoiding the dentist, however, can have serious long-term oral health and even overall health consequences. Dental phobia often stems from a combination of a fear of pain and a fear of vulnerability and loss of control. Understanding whether your dental phobia comes from these or other fears is important.
Once you know what concerns you about going to the dentist, you will be able to talk to your dentist about it. Expressing your concerns to a dental professional and getting assurance that your needs will be looked after can be one of the most effective ways of overcoming dental anxiety. Your dentist can explain every step of the procedure that you're about to have, and let you know that you can take a break anytime you begin to feel too uncomfortable. It may even help to bring along a friend or family member to sit in the room with you.
Dental anxiety is quite common in children as well, and especially in children whose parents also have dental anxiety. If you don't enjoy going to the dentist, try not to talk negatively about the dentist in front of your children, and especially not in the car on the way to their appointment. It can also help to read your children picture books about the dentist and about why oral health is so important.
For children who have dental anxiety, it is a great idea to set up a meet and greet with a clinic accepting new dental patients before their first appointment. If your child has a good first introduction to the clinic, the staff, and their new dentist, then they will be much less fearful of coming back.
A family dentist in Red Deer at Parkland Mall Dental Centre will understand if you or your children have dental anxiety. At our clinic we make it a top priority to make sure that your visit is as comfortable as possible. Don't hesitate to talk to our Red Deer dentists, hygienists, and staff about how they can serve you better. We are accepting new dental patients and will be more than happy to accommodate you.
If you're ready to overcome your fear of the dentist or if you'd like our help teaching your child that they have nothing to fear, then we encourage you to contact Parkland Mall Dental Centre today.