As responsible adults, we know that we are supposed to go to the dentist for a checkup every six months.

However, many adults have a fear of dentistry that holds them back from optimal health in this part of their body. How can you get over this phobia? In this post, we’ll explore several ways that you can accomplish this goal.

1) You don’t have to be awake during procedures

One of the biggest fears that dental phobics have regarding these procedures surrounds their invasiveness.

Something as simple as a cleaning involves the use of sharp picks that sometimes slip, and the use of drills during a crown installation? Forget about it.

Fortunately for timid patients, many dentist offices have sedation as an option. This allows the patient to have the work they need done on their teeth without having to cope with the experience in real time.

If the thought of being conscious during any procedure makes you recoil in horror, then be sure to seek out oral sedation dentistry in Boise.

2) Seek out help from a psychiatrist

If you are determined to face your dental fears head on, start by making an appointment with a psychiatrist.

They will help you get to the root of your problem, whether it is rooted in a bad experience as a child, or an underlying phobia rooted in losing control (being made to submit to these procedures in a dentist’s chair being one such violation) or in biology (an innate fear of having their face/airway covered), among others.

3) Meet your dentist before going in for your first appointment

Once you have had your neuroses sorted out, you will then have to take the big step of making an appointment with a dentist.

Before the big day arrives though, you should be able to meet with them. This will help to demystify the whole process, as you will be able to have any concerns addressed simply by asking all the questions you need to ask.

This will also help them to understand your history of dental phobia before you set foot in their office for the first time, so don’t be afraid to be proactive in this regard.

4) Distract yourself from the work they are doing

Ready to fight your phobia, but still scared of getting triggered by the sound of a dentist’s drill? If this is a concern for you, there are many ways to distract yourself as the dentist as they go about their business.

The best way to prevent this from being a problem is to use noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds. With your favorite tunes bouncing around in your head, it will be impossible to hear the tools that they will be using to fix your smile.

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  1. Quite simple; I can’t afford to go to a dentist as I cannot claim income support – and am a full time career for my mother who has an array of problems: Alzheimer’s, COPD, Reflux problems, RLS etc. As I was awarded a small amount of money as I was involved in a ‘hit-and-run’ incident, this puts me over the threshold to receive support, so my compensation is used to subsidise looking after my mother and myself.
    Thank you for caring about Carers, central government – not!

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