For some people, going to the dentist is a worrisome time, wrought with drills, pain, intrusiveness, and fear. The fact of the matter is that many of these negative attributes associated with dentistry can be avoided – all it takes is a little bit of education.
The facts about dental phobia
While anxiety may be common in many dental patients, dental phobia is a serious condition that has people feeling completely stricken with fear before heading to the dentist, enough so that they may not even go. This may be due to a bad experience or just due to perception.
Start by addressing your fears
Much of fear is in the head and by addressing the fact that you are afraid, you are starting the process of working through it. Speak to your North Wales dentist about the fears you have and they can help come up with solutions.
Understand where your fears are coming from
Fear of going to the dentist can be comprised of fears of many different things, including:
Once your Pennsylvania dentist knows exactly what you are fearing, they can alleviate those fears. For example, if your fear is of needles, they can apply a numbing gel to the gums before inserting the needle.
Use calming measures
Meditation, mindfulness and breathing are some of the best ways to control anxiety and fear associated with the dentist. Practice these techniques before you come, while in the waiting room and then once you get in the dentist’s chair. If you need to, bring a friend for reassurance.
Have a good experience
While this is easier said than done, once you start having pleasant experiences at the dentist, your fears will start diminishing. The first step is to find a kind and understanding dentist who will listen to you and give you the best experience you can have despite your fears. Call our office to find out more.
The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888.