Visiting the dentist can be traumatic for some people, due to bad experiences with complicated procedures or painful treatments that were historically practiced. Once in the office, anxiety grows with the smells, sounds and instruments, increasing insecurity and making the patient feel helpless, thus relating the dentist with a traumatic and painful experience. This fear can lead to neglect of oral health which can lead to diseases that cause tooth loss.
Currently, multiple techniques have been developed so that dentists can do their work in a simple and safe way, but above all, to allow the patient to be relaxed but conscious in their procedures, for example with sedation. However, fear of the dentist can be combated through some practices that we suggest below:
- Looking for a trusted dentist who is referred by friends or family members, as the experience of others will give you a greater sense of security.
- Schedule a first visit in order to get to know the professional more closely and clear all doubts about the treatment to be performed.
- If additional concerns arise, contact the clinic again and resolve them. This will help you become more familiar with the staff and the facility.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene, it will reduce the risk of contracting diseases that affect the health of your teeth.
- Regular visits to the dentist will help to detect any anomaly in time and there will be fewer complications.
It is important to tell the dentist if you suffer from fear or anxiety, so the professional can take the necessary measures to make this experience the most favorable for the patient.