How to conquer your fear of the dentist

How to conquer your fear of the dentist

1. Take someone with you

We know it may be embarrassing to ask someone to accompany you to the dentist but we promise, it’s our best piece of advice. Having someone there to make conversation and hold your hand if you need it is great. It is a great tool to have someone your trust with you to take your focus off the thing itself.

Tip: make sure the person you take with you is confident at the dentist (you don’t want to end up with someone else that is afraid as it will make you feel worse).

2. Bring a distraction

If you can’t get someone to go with you then find a distraction. Use your mobile, bring a book or read one of our many up-to-date magazines. Whilst you’re in the dentist chair focus on positive thoughts. We have TVs in every surgery which can be put on your choice of station. Alternatively you can bring a DVD from home and we can play it for you.

3. Express your fear

When you make your appointment let us know you are nervous. This way your dentist will know before you arrive and are best able to tailor the experience to make it easier for you. They are there to help you so tell them what you do and don’t like so they can ensure the best care for you and your teeth.

4. Inhalation sedation

At Canberra Dental Care we offer inhalation sedation. The use of this sedation can reduce anxiety while at the dentist. If you feel this would help you please let us know when you book your appointment as it needs to be reserved for you.

5. Don’t look in the past

Most fear comes from past experiences. Our dentists and hygienists have many years of experience with anxious and nervous patients.