Many people feel uneasy about going to the dentist. This could cause them to delay going to the dentist for a longer period of time than is healthy. Here are some tips for making sure that you can encourage yourself to go to the dentist and have a good experience.
1. Tell Your Dentist Your Fears
Your first step is to talk to the dentist and see if he or she has the time to meet with you not in the context of a dental appointment. He or she can walk you through the office, show you the tools that he or she is going to use, and give you a general itinerary of what is going to happen during your appointment. This is also an excellent time for you to talk to your dentist about any concerns that you might have, such as how much a particular action is going to hurt. Your dentist will be able to assuage those fears and make you feel better about the entire endeavor.
2. Work Out Hand Signals
Another way for you to feel more comfortable and relaxed at the dentist is if you can convince yourself that you are not there or to allow yourself to forget that you are there. Many people find that the easiest way to do this is to have headphones in the entire time and be listening to soothing music, a podcast, or music that is simply loud enough for you to drown out the sound of the tools that the dentist is using. The only potential problem with this approach is if the dentist needs to communicate for you to do something. While you are visiting with the dentist ahead of time, ask if he or she would be willing to work out hand signals that would allow him or her to communicate with you and manually manipulate your head if he or she needs a better angle.
3. Watch Other People
Talk to your dentist and see if he or she would be willing to find other people who would allow you to sit in on their appointment. If you can see the exact same procedure that is going to happen to you happening to someone else, you will likely feel better about the procedure itself. It can be comforting to see that a procedure that you are scheduled for does not cause particular distress to anyone else.
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