The fear of the dentist or dental chair is in fact a common phenomenon. It is said that 7 out of 10 adults have a fear of visiting the dentist often called Dentophobia. Although this is a common fear found among patients there are certainly ways to combat these fears.
Let’s look into four tips that will ensure that you feel calm and comfortable in the dental chair when going to the dentist.
Tip 1 – Find a dentist that suits your needs
Dentists play a large role in the comfort and ease that patient’s experience. It is therefore recommended that when needing to go to a dentist you search to find one who is able to care for all your needs. Although the dentist is there to fix your dental troubles it is also important that the dentist care about his patient and the concerns you may have. Be sure to find a dentist who cares and is willing to go the extra mile for you.
Tip 2- Communicate about your fear or anxiety
One of the best things to do is be open and honest. It is always recommended that as a patient you communicate with your dentist about how you are feeling before, during and even after your appointment. Communicating makes the dentist aware of your concerns and ensures that the dentist is able to take the necessary steps to put you at ease or perform treatment in a manner that takes all concerns into consideration.
Tip 3- Bring a friend along to your appointment
It is often said that by bringing along a companion or friend to your appointment it makes the patient less anxious. This way you are not alone and have someone you know very well there with you every step of the way. The companion or friend will be there to encourage you and take care of you during a time that may seem very stressful. This friendly familiar face may be just what you need to be at ease and comfortable.
Tip 4- Practice Calming techniques
It is recommended that as a patients you find techniques or methods that you can use to ensure that you are calm and at ease. These techniques can be used the morning of your appointment or when in the waiting room. These techniques such as controlled breathing can help relax your often-tense muscles and allow your heart rate to slow down.
The great news is that Family Dental Care strives to ensure every dental appointment is conducted professionally and with the utmost care. Each dentist at FDC believes in practising gentle dentistry. This combined with a full explanation of each procedure being conducted helps to reduce any fear of the unknown.
We may also help you overcome this fear through behavioural techniques such as deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation and guided imagery to help you relax whilst in the dentist chair.
If you are experiencing fear or anxiety Family Dental Care is the place to be. At FDC our patients are our top priority is sure to give us a call and make an appointment with us today! Contact us on 082 218 9222 or visit our website www.familydentalcare.co.za.