Let’s be honest. A dental treatment setup does look a bit intimidating even to those who are regulars. And if you are someone who had a bad experience with a dentist before, no wonder, you will overlook your bleeding gums.
Whenever it comes to fear, the steps are what-why-how. The first step towards overcoming the fear of dentists is to recognise your fear. So, sit down and think about it – what exactly are you scared of? Is it the pain? Is it a fear of medical tools? Is it the sound of the drill-thingy the dentists use? Is it a fear of finding out that you have a serious issue? Or is it a general fear of doctors? Saying ‘I am afraid of the dentist’ and crawling back to your desk will not help you. Take a deep breath and start resolving the issue. This brings us to to the next step – why?
When you know what you are afraid of is would be easier to find the reason behind it. Did you have a painful experience at a clinic when you were younger? Are you scared of dentist because you are worried that he might take out your tooth? Or did you get a bad infection after you had a dental treatment? If your fear of dentist is rooted in direct bad experience, consider this: you might have been to an unauthorised clinic or an unskilled dentist. But again, your fear of dentist might also be a cultural aspect. If the general notion of people around you is to be afraid of the dentist, chances are you will also catch on to that irrational fear.
But worry not. Here a few ways which will help you overcome the fear of dentist.
Tips on how to overcome the fear of dentist
- First things first, find a good dentist. If you don’t go to an expert, be it anything in the medical field, chances are you will start fearing the treatment more than the disease. And that is the last thing you want!
- Who is a good dentist? A good dentist is one who is skilled at dentistry and is also compassionate and comforting. That in itself will ease all your worries.
- Communicate with your dentist. Talk to your dentist about your dental issues as well as the emotional aspect related to it. He will be able to tell you if there is any degree of risk involved and how you can help the doctor minimise them. This will calm your nerves of any irrational fear. Make sure you set up some vital non-verbal signs to communicate during the procedure.
- Know that dentistry has developed to new levels of efficiency now. Painless dentistry clinics are not very hard to find any more. Plus, modern techniques allow you to retain your teeth more efficiently than ever before (in case, you are afraid of losing a tooth).
- However, it’s very important to trust your dentist instead of being afraid of the dentist. If your dentist says that your tooth needs to be picked out, know that, he is suggesting that only to save you from even more damage. But never go through a procedure with a heavy heart. Ask your dentist all the doubts you have in your mind; take a second opinion, if you must. But before you go for a procedure, be confident that you are not in a gray area – make sure that you want to do it!
- Never underestimate the importance of a good company. When you go to the clinic, take a friend with you – preferably someone who has overcome his fear of dentist or someone who visits a dentist regularly and hence is acquainted with general dental procedures.
- Use distractions during dental procedures. Some dentists will have soothing music in their chambers. You may use a music player as well. But talk to your dentist about it since he may need to communicate with you during the procedure. Alternatively, you may squeeze onto a stress ball.
- Treat yourself to something nice after you are done with your visit. Little acts of appreciation never goes in vain!
- Regular visits help you to keep fear of dentist under control. If you space out your visits for years, dental issues will be bigger in your subsequent visit.
You are scared of the dentist but you need treatment – you know that. So, keep these few tips in mind and you can easily overcome the fear of dentist!
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Root Canal, Braces, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
ABOUT THE CLINIC:
GA Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, GA Dental Clinic in Hyderabad believes in delivering services at par with global standards.