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Tips To Overcome the Fear of Going to the Dentist

Child who is scared at the dentist

Many of us fear going to the dentist. Statistics show that one out of four people does not simply fear going to the dentist, but dread the entire experience. Some people avoid the dentist due to the fear of pain! For many, it is not an enjoyable experience, but fortunately, some tips can make the trip easier.

Here’s some advice to overcome the fear of going to the dentist, and to make your future trip worry-free.

  1. Find a dentist that suits you, and is understanding. Get to know your dentist.

Share your fear of going to the dental clinic with the dentist so that he/she knows, and will do their best to accommodate your needs. For example, the dentist and you can come up with a hand signal that will allow the dentist to know that you want them to stop to give you a break. This will allow you to feel more in control and more at ease.Pediatric dentist comforting child
Bring a friend or family member with you! They can accompany you and help you with your fear of going to the dentist.

  • Pick an early appointment time. This will allow you to get your appointment out of your way first thing in the morning.
  • Start your first visit with a simple appointment, such as a cleaning. Work your way up with longer procedures once you feel comfortable with the dentist, and the environment.
  • Get to know the rest of the staff in the office to familiarize yourself with the environment.
  • Listen to music during your appointment to distract you from the procedure.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the dentist any questions that you may have. Familiarize yourself with the procedure.
  • Relax yourself with breathing techniques. Take big breaths in and out.

Here at Florence Dentistry, we understand the fear of going to the dentist. Schedule an appointment, and get to know our staff. We will be more than happy to answer any questions, accommodate any needs, and erase your fear of going to the dentist!

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