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Coping with dental fear

Coping with dental fear

by Dr Kavitha Sreratneswaran 07/06/2019

Dental anxiety is extremely common. People with dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. However dental fear, like many other mental disorders, can be dealt with. Here is a step by step guide on how to cope with your dental fear:

  1. Simply give us a call and tell us about your feelings, concerns and fears. Here, at Southside Dental Toowoomba, we will help you overcome these feelings by changing the way you are treated.

  2. Give us as much information as possible over the phone. If you've had a bad experience or a trauma, let us know, so we can figure out the best way of helping you. If you're uncomfortable telling us over the phone, don't worry, you can tell dentist at your first appointment.

  3. Keep in mind that dentistry has evolved into a kinder and gentler, patient- centred service. Each dentist strives to give you a pain free dental experience from start to finish.

  4. Book your appointment on a stress-free day. Allow enough time before and after, so you can be as relaxed as possible.

  5. Make sure to eat before your appointment. Low blood sugar levels can cause you to feel more anxious. Your dentist may also give you a local anaesthetic and advise you not to eat for a few hours after the treatment.

  6. If you decide to bring someone with you, ensure they value the importance of your health and are willing to motivate you. Keep in mind that our job is to keep you calm and supported.

  7. Communicate with your dentist and nurse throughout your appointment. If you need a break, or you feel pain let them know straight away.

  8. Stay positive! Congratulate yourself for having the courage to go through the treatment. Remind yourself that taking care of your teeth now will prevent pain and worry in the future.

  9. Keep on schedule for your monthly dental exams and cleans. This way the dentist can catch any problems early and prevent you from having to undergo any major dental treatment.

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