Have you attempted to overcome your fear of the dentist in the past with little to no success? The reality is that fear of the dentist is often developed over several years. There are a variety of reasons why people have a fear of the dentist including general anxiety, fear of pain, fear of the unknown, and a negative experience in the past. In order to get the dental care that you need it is imperative that you take steps to overcome your fear of the dentist. Tips to help you overcome your fear include learning about the impact of neglecting your oral health, familiarizing yourself with as many elements of the process as possible, and considering the option of IV sedation anesthesia.
Learn about the impact of neglecting your oral health
Learning about the impact of neglecting your oral health can help you overcome some of the fear you have of going to the dentist. Neglecting your oral health can lead to stained teeth, decay, gum disease, infection, and eventually tooth loss. When you develop issues like decay and gum disease you must deal with them or they will continue to progress and worsen. Decay will not stop on its own – it will continue to worsen. You will experience pain and your teeth will disintegrate over time. Gum disease will also continue to get progressively worse until you take steps to stop the progression. The early stage of gum disease is easy to treat but as it worsens the treatment options become more involved. Without proper treatment your gums will recede and eventually separate from your teeth leading to tooth loss. These are just a few examples of what can happen when you neglect your oral health by avoiding the dentist. If you can find a way to overcome your fear and get routine dental care, you can avoid these negative consequences.
Familiarize yourself with as many elements of the process as possible
Getting familiar with the elements of going to a routine dental appointment can help you overcome your fear of the dentist. You can do this by meeting with the dentist before you have an appointment, taking a tour of the office, and introducing yourself to the office staff. Familiarizing yourself with these elements will help you know what to expect and can reduce some of your anxieties.
Consider IV Sedation Anesthesia
If you are looking for ways to overcome your fear of going to the dentist, consider IV sedation anesthesia. IV sedation can help you feel calm during your appointment so you can get your dental work completed without experiencing serious distress. During your dental work you will be under the care of an anesthesiologist. IV sedation has helped many fearful patients get the dental care they need.
It is possible to overcome your fear of going to the dentist. The consequences of neglecting your oral health are serious. Use these tips can help you reduce your anxiety so you can take meaningful steps toward finally getting the oral care you need.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.