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My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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Tips To Help You Overcome Your Dental Anxiety And Fears

by Eric Bailey

One of the reasons people do not visit dental clinics is due to the fears and anxiety they feel about dental work. If you have fears about dentistry work and are avoiding the dentist because of these, your oral health might be suffering. There are ways to face these fears and overcome them; here are some tips you should consider that might help you with this.

Let your dentist know how you feel

Communication is vital if you have dental fears, and you should let your dentist, the assistant, and the hygienist know how you feel about dental work. By letting them know you have fears, they can take extra steps to help you feel more comfortable. This may help you overcome your fears.

Keep your eyes closed

Many dentists recommend keeping your eyes closed during procedures. When you do this, you can avoid seeing what is going on, and you can try to focus your thoughts on pleasant things.

Understand that the anesthesia is typically the worst part

One thing you should also understand is that the anesthesia is typically the worst part of a dental procedure, yet it is also extremely necessary. The anesthesia refers to the numbing agent the dentist will apply and inject so that you do not feel the pain. This numbing agent can make your face and mouth feel strange and can hurt when injected, but it will stop you from feeling everything else. If you can get through this without any problems, you should be able to get through the entire dental procedure.

Wear headphones during the procedure

If sounds of dentistry alarm you or intensify your anxiety, you could always consider wearing headphones during your procedure. By doing this, you can listen to something that you enjoy, and this will block out what the dentist is saying and doing during your dental procedure. For example, you may enjoy listening to an audio book during your wisdom tooth extraction and forget all about the procedure taking place. 

Ask your dentist about sedation options

Finally, you should talk to your dentist about sedation. Sedation comes in many forms, and it can be extremely helpful for people who fear dentistry work. Sedation is designed to calm a person's nerves before a procedure. An example of sedation is nitrous oxide, which is a gas you can breathe in for a calming effect.

Your teeth are important, and you should not neglect them simply because you have fears about dental work. You can overcome these fears, and you can learn more about this by talking to a local dentist.