1. Inform the dentist regarding your dental phobia. A good professional will always know what techniques to implement in order to make everything easier. By informing your dentist about your fears, you will have a feeling of more control while sitting in the chair for examination and treatment.
2. Keep in mind that the dental science and technology has improved a great deal over the past few years. There are several innovative techniques available that will help you feel extremely comfortable.
3. Ask the dentist to explain to you the entire dental procedure. By knowing what comes up next, you will get rid of at least 50% of your anxiety and phobia.
4. Consider the option of using medication for relaxation. Some dentists will recommend nitrous oxide, while others will recommend anti anxiety or sedation drugs that will help you relax during the treatment.
5. Good communication can mean the world to you. Make sure to find a dentist with whom you can openly discuss everything. If there is a trusting relationship between patient and doctor, you will feel much more comfortable.
6. Practice relaxation techniques. You can do a few breathing control exercises, or you might want to listen to music before or during the dental treatment. Some dentists agree that patients struggling with phobia will go much easier through the treatment if they schedule their appointments at the first hours of the morning. This way, you will not have to spend long hours of the day stressed and thinking about the upcoming dental treatment.
7. Take over part of the control. You can talk openly to your dentist and agree that whenever you feel uncomfortable during the treatment, you are going to raise your hand in order to signal that you want the dentist to “stop” for a moment.
8. Prevention can help you avoid complex and lengthy dental treatments. Make sure to respect the regular checkups with your dentist, and have the dental work done in time. If you go to the dentist when you already struggle with a lot of complications, this will also mean a much longer treatment time.
9. Take it step by step — tell the doctor about your fears, and ask him to allow you time to get used with the environment, the tools or the presence of the doctors himself. Start with a routine dental examination first; then, ask for a professional dental cleaning. From the third appointment on, the more complex procedures can start such as fillings or extractions.
10. Before scheduling an dental appointment make sure to visit the clinic and meet with the doctor and the staff in order to discuss a few details. This will give you enough time to get prepared for your upcoming treatments.