Columbia University and the University of Washington recently conducted a study that revealed anywhere from 30 to 40 million Americans are scared of the dentist. As a result, these individuals are suffering from poor oral health and could eventually experience problems like tooth loss and even the development of heart disease and diabetes.
Don’t let a fear of the dentist keep you from experiencing the oral health you deserve. Learn how to tackle your dental fear through these techniques.
Get to Know Dr. Barbon
It’s important that you know the doctor before you come in for a procedure. Don’t be afraid to come in and meet Dr. Barbon. Ask him questions and get comfortable with him. The more comfortable you are, the less anxiety you’re likely to experience.
Studies have proven that people nearly always do better in stressful situations when they’re around people they are familiar with.
No, not alternative treatments. We mean you should consider the alternatives to not getting dental treatment: more dental pain and problems in the long run. Talk to yourself about the pain management options available to you and consider the fact that the doctor’s goal is to ensure you get quality treatment without discomfort.
When you think about how things might be worse if you don’t go to the dentist, often that reasoning is enough to motivate you to get in.
For those who have an extremely strong phobia, medication may help to ease those emotions and take you to a happy place. Using pretreatment as an option means the dentist will prescribe a medication you take ahead of time, usually an hour before coming in for your procedure.
Distractions, like watching YouTube or listening to music while you have your teeth cleaned, can help to drown out the noises that tend to heighten anxious feelings. Bring your headphones and kick back and ignore the world around you. You’ll be glad you did!
We’re happy to discuss with patients the idea of them taking control. When you take control you tell us when to stop, slow down, or keep going. We listen to your cues so that we can work with you to provide you with the best experience possible.
Dental phobia can cause big problems, especially if you’re experiencing a dental emergency and need treatment. Work with us to overcome your fear of the dentist and enjoy a healthier mouth and lifestyle through and through.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about available treatments and solutions for those who fear the dentist.