Fear of dentists is quite common. Probably because it's pretty normal to be scared of someone poking around at your teeth whilst wielding a drill. So the big question is how to get over your dentist fear?
1. Find a good dentist
Ask your friends and work collectors who they use and whether their dentist has a good manner. Hard as it is to believe when you're laid back in that chair with your mouth open and vulnerable, but dentists are people too. Some deal better with nervous patients than others.
2. Interview your dentist
Before undertaking an inspection or a course of work, arrange to have an interview with your dentist. Explain your fear and ask them how they will help you to be as stress free as it's possible to be during your visits.
3. Take a friend with you
Check that your dentist will allow you to have someone with you to reassess you and mentally or physically hold your hand during the procedure.
4. Learn to relax and breathe
If you immediately turn into a human impression of a stiff plank of wood as soon as you enter a dental surgery, the chances are that learning some form of relaxation will help you. Yoga, hypnosis, meditation, even a simple breathing exercise will all help. Then when it's your time to make the dreaded visit, take yourself into relaxation mode. Breathe deeply and calmly, rather than the usual hyperventilation.
5. Clean your teeth regularly and floss often
Prevention is better than the cure. Make sure your teeth are kept in pristine condition with regular brushing and flossing. That way there's less chance of any dental work needing to be done and you can start to maybe even look forward to your visits to the dentist because you know no work should need to be done.