Are You Terrified Of The Dentist?
I recall as a child going to the dentist with a mouth full of cavities. I needed 4 fillings. It was very painful. The dentist did not numb my mouth enough. After that experience, I had a very bad view of any dentist. If it were up to me, I would never go back to a dentist ever again. I recall as a teenager, I had a tooth so bad that I needed oral surgery. I had suffered with tooth pain for far too long. I did not want to go to the dentist. The dentist discovered that I had an abscess on my tooth. It was quite painful. The dentist, however, referred me to an oral surgeon. Now the oral surgeon was quite different. I was given gas; I did not feel a thing, even with the needles and the stitches. Then I started thinking, “All dentists are not so bad after all. If all dentists were like him, I would have no problems going to the dentist in the future.
As a child I would have loved to visit a child’s dentist office, which is much friendlier for children. When a dentist explains to you that you need to brush at least twice a day, it is important to understand this. A child will see toys to play with at a childrens dentist office and I believe this alleviates some of childrens anxieties. Knowing what to expect is half of the battle.
Finally, I searched until I found a great dentist. I shared with him about my bad experience. I emphasized that if I felt a lot of pain when he worked on my teeth, I would not be back again. I meant every word of what I said too. I would always remind him to allow enough time for my mouth to get numb, because we discovered in my case it took longer. He would always test and asked me if I felt any pain. I like the concern he showed about my pain threshold. I kept this dentist for many years.
Bad experiences and fear of dentists can cause many to suffer with various dental problems. Some dentist causes anxiety in patients because of the assumption that all patients have the same pain threshold. I am sure that is what happened in my case. I was given very little pain-killer and I could feel as he drilled into my teeth. I cried and was in tears afterwards. Besides that my aunt took a short cut to get to the dentist. We would walk across a railroad track that was over a lake. I had a fear of heights and I prayed that I did not fall in the water. I could just imagine myself falling in the lake. I imagined that I would drown. So I was dealing with several fears then. You may want to try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing to help you through your dental experience. Also, you might want to ask the dentist for a break during the dental procedure when your anxiety is building.
Did you know that about 15% of Americans avoid the dentist because of fear? Be sure to discuss with your dentist your concerns or anxieties. This should help to improve your dental experience.
Dental phobia is nothing new. In fact, it is quite a natural phenomenon where the fear itself prevents you from getting a check up as you will experience pain during treatment. In order to prepare yourself, do visit the dental conference 2020 to get a hands on experience on how to plan your first visit to the dentist.