Overcoming Dental Fears, Helpful Strategies

Even the toughest guys cry in the dental chair. At the site of a white coat, they start to perspire, clench their teeth, and grab the seat until their knuckles turn white. What would bring someone with so much fear to come to the dentist? Usually it is a toothache so severe that they can no longer function normally on a day-to-day basis with the pain. This situation can lead to a crisis that can cause swelling, abscess, elevated blood pressure, and create overall health problems. Unfortunately, history shows that at one point in their past, such an individual probably had a debilitating dental experience that then caused permanent fear lasting through their adulthood.

The good news is, with today’s technology, powerful anesthetic techniques and higher level of care there are plenty of ways to make your experience stress-free and manageable. Forget about the days of a dentist standing on your chest and pulling on your teeth with their bare hands… we are well beyond that!

Fear is considered a normal emotion which is protective, keeping us away from great risk. It is completely okay to feel this way– the only difference is that you need to channel it in a productive and meaningful fashion.

One technique to overcome dental fears is imagining yourself stepping out of your body and observing yourself from a distance. You should feel less intense about the experience because you have become separated from the treatment and you can control your emotions. Someone else is getting the treatment, not you! It is like a movie playing out in your mind and you are the director. If the dentist is using a drill you can downplay the image of that object, darken it and try to shut it out of your mind. Focus on the things you love: being with friends, eating out at a favorite restaurant, catching up on Netflix, laying on the beach in Hawaii. Bring your favorite tunes to your appointment. Listen to the sound of ocean waves hitting the rocks, birds chirping in the spring time, or your favorite jazz. The important piece is to redirect your thoughts.

Another technique to overcome fear is to focus on the end-result. Imagine how accomplished and great you would feel knowing you were able to get something important done to help you enjoy the food you eat, smile bigger and brighter, laugh, and avoid pain. The end result and imagery will help you focus your energy on the good, not the bad.

Other than positive thinking, let us show you the latest technology to help make your next dental visit enjoyable and fun!