Do you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist? You might be worrying unnecessarily. With dentistry's many advances, diagnosis and treatment gets more sophisticated and comfortable all the time.
It's often best to share your anxiety. If you're tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs
Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you're less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.
If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.
Do you feel anxious before every dentist appointment? Do you find yourself feeling sick to your stomach or getting sweaty palms? Is getting your child into the dentist chair like pulling teeth?
Though dental anxiety is quite common, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) reminds the public that this fear can be easily managed, and is even preventable.
For children, the key is to maintain regular dental checkups every six months, not only to sustain good oral health, but also to build their comfort level with the dentist. Ideally, it is recommended that parents take their child to the dentist between 6 and 12 months of age. The earlier you begin, the more your child will develop trust in the dentist and feel more comfortable in the chair.
Talk to your child about their upcoming dental visit in a positive manner, letting them know that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help keep their teeth healthy. If your child seems nervous, try reading them a fun children's book about going to the dentist or have them use their imagination to turn the appointment into a new and exciting adventure. The dentist chair could be their very own space shuttle on a secret mission to attack plaque. Never bribe your child into going to the dentist or use a dentist visit as punishment. Do not let anyone tell your child scary stories about the dentist. As a parent or caregiver, set a good example by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly. If you are anxious about going to the dentist, don't share this nervousness with your child.