It’s easy to think that you’re the only person out there with that debilitating fear of the dental chair. It’s not so much the dentist himself, right? More so the way that it feels to be in the dental chair; the equipment all around you, the cold environment, the hoping that every creaking door you hear will not be you moving closer to your dental fate.
What if he tells you that you have a cavity, need a root canal, even worse-that you have something awful like periodontal disease? He will then be required to do a lot of work in your mouth, some of it painful, and that is the worst part of it all.
You can rest easy about one thing: you aren’t in the minority. There are plenty of people out there who have that dentist phobia. As a matter of fact it is actually quite natural. Things take place in the dentist’s chair that are worth a healthy fear of, especially if you have got something a bit more advanced going on like gum disease or gingivitis.
Here are a few things to keep in mind that may help you get over your dental phobia:
Be Better About Home Dental Care
The better care that you take of your teeth at home, the easier it will be for you to go see the dentist. Things like periodontal disease will be fewer and further between, making it so that seeing a dental professional is just a routine thing. A good cleaning, a nice lecture about flossing properly, a free toothbrush and you’re able to move on with your life-so long as you are taking care of your responsibilities at home and brushing and flossing properly.
Take a Friend or Loved One with You
Life is a lot easier when you have loved ones by your side, and the same goes with a fear of the dentist. Gum disease, periodontal disease, cavities, root canals-whatever it is that you need treatment for, understand that it is going to be a bit painful sometimes. Having someone there to hold your hand or help you freak out as little as possible can do a world of good sometimes. Having a ‘dentist date’ will at least make it less of a likelihood that you will bail on your next appointment.
Find a Dentist You Really Like
If you do suffer from gum disease or some other nasty oral health condition, you need a good dentist to help you rid yourself of the condition, no bones about it. These are not things that you can cure on your own-especially Periodontitis. Make sure that you have a dentist that you can at least understand, one who works with you and best of all, one who understands that you are afraid of the dentist.
There is no doubt about the fact that the dentist isn’t fun, whether you suffer from the phobia or not. Nobody wants to be scraped, poked, and prodded-especially while trying desperately to hold their mouth wide open. Keeping your mouth free of gum disease and other afflictions requires the care of a dentist, so this is one fear that you may have to find a way to get over.