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Friday, September 18, 2015

Overcoming Fear of the Dentist

Studies indicate that as much as 75% of the population experiences at least some fear and anxiety when going to the dentist. Advances in modern dentistry and pain control methods make this fear unnecessary. With the right approach, you can overcome your anxiety and get the dental care you need, particularly if you suffer from tooth loss.

Discuss Your Fear

Tell your dentist about what you're afraid of and why. Your dentist will can work with you to create positive dental associations.

Start With Little Things

If you've been skipping appointments due to your anxiety, don't jump back into dentistry all at once. Start with the simple things you can handle, such as having your teeth cleaned. Your fear will be easier to overcome once you have some positive experiences at the dentist.

Consider Sedation

Sedation dentistry combines pain relieving medications with those that calm and sedate the patient. While under sedation, patients remain lucid enough to follow simple commands but relaxed enough to feel no fear or stress during the procedure.

Don't Wait

The longer you let your fear prevent treatment, the more dental care you are likely to need. Visit your dentist or get help finding one so you can get the care you need without fear or anxiety. From there, you can build your confidence and progress to more advanced procedures such as dental implant surgery as necessary.

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