If you are afraid of the dental office and everything associated with it, there are some things you can do to ease your dental phobia. Many people suffer from major dental problems because they avoid the dentist at all cost. We don’t want this to be you, and we want to help you in any way we can. So, to help you feel more comfortable in the dental chair, we recommend doing the following things:
Talk to the Dentist
Tell your dentist how you feel. This will let him know that you require special treatment and it will help him best determine how to address and manage your fears. Talking to your dentist will also give you some control, which will help you feel a little more relaxed.
Feel free to bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. You can listen to music throughout your treatment and it will help you stay distracted. We recommend bringing in a new artist or new album to listen to, particularly one that relaxes you, so you will focus on the music rather than your treatment.
Discuss Dental Sedation
Many dentists offer dental sedation to help ease your fears. There are many sedatives available, like nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Just talk to your dentist about your options and he will be happy to help you.
Determine a “stop” signal
Stop signals will help you have control over the treatment. So, determine what it will be before your treatment starts. The signal can be anything from raising your hand, making a coughing sound, or blinking three times. When your dentist sees your signal, he will stop the treatment for as long as you need.
Ask your dentist for the details on the treatment. Have him tell you everything you will experience and have him give you expectations on how the treatment will go. You can also plan breaks during your appointment so you know that you will have time to breathe and relax while you are in the dental chair.
Dental phobia is a real problem and there are many sufferers. However, there are ways to ease the phobia, and we strongly recommend that you do your best to make your experience more enjoyable and relaxing. If you need any help or if you would like to talk to your dentist about your discomfort, call Acre Wood Dental now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Johnson. Our team is happy to help you if you just dial 254 227-5082 now.