Many people feel anxiety and nervousness whenever an approaching visit to the dentist. Some even go so far as to avoid visits to the dentist completely because they cannot stand the idea of needles, strawberries or resin. If you are afraid to go to the dentist, here we tell you what you can do so that because of the nerves, do not neglect your oral health.
Let’s say that one day you are eating something that you like very much and suddenly, you start to ache a tooth. What anguish! But when you think that to remedy this toothache you should go to the dentist, you prefer that the pain will accompany a lifetime to avoid opening the mouth on the couch of a dentist….
To this end many people who are afraid arrive to the dentist. However, not go to the dentist can cause you worse problems, such as infection or inflammation of the gums ( gingivitis ) and teeth, difficulty chewing (and therefore not being able to enjoy your favorite food), bad breath and Teeth that do not look healthy and affect your self-esteem.
One thing I do say to you: If your heart beats fast and your hands sweat at the thought of going to the dentist, you may be worrying unnecessarily. Nowadays, with all the advances in dentistry, both diagnoses and treatments are much more sophisticated, more comfortable and less painful.
First, identify the cause of your fear:
- Having had a painful or uncomfortable experience in the past. This includes not only pain, but some inappropriate comments from the dentist. For this, it may be that the appearance of the office, its smell and the sound of some tools like the strawberry, can bring you these memories and arouse your anxiety and fear.
- Feeling that nothing is under your control. Many people do not support the idea of having to open their mouths for an extended period of time and not being able to speak.
- Letting you influence by the bad experiences of others, or even by what television teaches in relation to visits to the dentist.
- Fear of the unknown, including any treatment or intervention in your mouth and in your teeth.
- Feeling ashamed of how your teeth look.
Second, try these strategies to lessen your anxiety and your nervousness before your visit to the dentist:
- Have you thought that talking about your fears can help you? Tell the dentist that you’re nervous and the reasons. That way, the dentist will explain what is going to do in your teeth, what will do to decrease the pain and discomfort, etc. Many oral health professionals are grateful for their patients to communicate their fears, as they are more alert and more aware and will help you to feel calmer. If you understand what you are going to do and why, you may feel less anxiety.
- If you are disturbed by the noise of the strawberry, ask the dentist if you can use your hearing instruments to put music and block the sound that is scary or uncomfortable.
- Before they do something to your teeth, establish a code with the dentist so that he or she understands if you feel pain, if something bothers you or if you need a break.
- Try to relax with some technique such as deep breathing or think of something pleasant.
- Try to go to the dentist when you are not in a hurry or under pressure. Before you go to work, when you finish your job or a Saturday. So you will not be thinking about stressful things as you face a situation that already causes you anxiety.
- If you do not feel comfortable with your dentist, look for a new one. Ask your friends if they have any that can recommend you. It is very important that you feel at ease and have a relationship of trust.