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Overcoming Dental Phobia

Do you get hit with anxiety or phobia when it comes to the dentist? Whether you’re someone who suffers from a complete dental phobia or just some anxiety over visiting your dentist, you can overcome it with the help of your dentist in Reading. A good dental office has staff that is experienced in helping you to overcome your fears and creating environments that everyone can feel safe and comfortable in.

About Dental Phobia

The “good” news when it comes to dental phobia is that you aren’t alone. Around 10% of adults are reported to have a fear of dentists so fast it could be considered a phobia. People who are part of this group will do anything to avoid making an appointment with the dentist. Unfortunately avoiding the dentist for so long only makes the problem worse. If you don’t visit your dentist then the existing problems – such as gum disease – become worse and require serious dental work to correct, further perpetuating the trauma that comes from visiting an emergency dentist.

While some people have a terrible fear of dentists, there are much more that feel some anxiety about visiting their dentist. There are several reasons for this including a fear of needles and injections, a fear of pain, the loss of control, and the loss of personal space that comes with being at the dentist.

Overcoming Dental Phobia

The actual good news about dental phobia is that it’s not that difficult to overcome with the help of a good emergency dentist. They understand how to help their patients overcome their fears. There’s no such thing as a blanket solution to the problem, but there are some things you can do to not let your fear control you:

  • Talk to the Dentist

If one of the root causes of your dental anxiety is having to give up control, then you should talk to the dentist about the procedure. Understanding what the dentist is doing and why they are doing it can give you peace of mind.

  • Listen to Music

The sounds of the dental office is a common trigger for dental anxiety. You can drown out these sounds by listening to music, which has the added benefit of distracting you from what’s happening. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist if you can pop in your headphones and listen to music while they do their work.

  • Relaxation Techniques

Focusing on your breathing helps relax your body and keeps everything under control. Learn more about relaxation techniques and employ them on your next dentist visit.

  • Have a Signal

Agree with your dentist on a hand signal before the procedure starts. This can signal to the dentist that you’re in too much pain and you need a moment to get back in control before the procedure continues. This gives you the feeling of control you need and alleviates anxieties.

Don’t Let Dental Phobia Stop You

Dental work is a lot more important than most people realize. Don’t let yourself be controlled by your fear of the dentist. Talk to your dentist, listen to music, practice relaxation techniques, and have a hand signal to overcome your fear of your dentist in Slough.

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