Dental fear or anxiety is surprisingly common among adults. This phobia is usually linked to a bad dental experience, fear of pain, or the fear of not being in control. Whatever the cause of your dental fear is, the only way to truly overcome it is to face those doubts and fears. We’re not suggesting that you visit the dentist this very hour, but your SLC dentist will suggest steps that will help you get there.
At the office of Dr. Rod Gleave, we strive to make each of our patients feel comfortable and welcome. Along with our soothing atmosphere and friendly staff, we provide practical solutions, such as:
- Access to free Wi-Fi
- Overhead TVs with wireless headphones
- Dental sedation
The following five steps will help you conquer dental phobia so you can receive the dental care you need:
1. Understand the consequences.
You shouldn’t visit your dentist just for the sake of conquering dental phobia. Our aim is for you to have healthy teeth and gums. People who visit the dentist for regular dental cleaning are far less likely to suffer from oral health problems.
A professional dentist is the only one who can effectively and thoroughly clean and examine your mouth. Calcified tartar, for example, can only be removed through professional dental cleanings. Avoiding the dentist may lead to more serious oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
2. Find the right dentist for you.
Conduct a quick Google search to find dentists near you. Then, check out their websites and look for the answers to these questions:
- How long has he or she been practicing dentistry?
- What awards has this dentist received?
- Is he or she a member of any professional dental organizations?
- Does the website display their patient reviews?
- Does this dentist offer sedation dentistry?
Answering these questions will make you feel confident in the dentist’s abilities and the quality of care he or she provides. You can learn more about Dr. Gleave here.
Once you’ve chosen a dentist, it’s time to set up your appointment. Most practices allow you to do this online or by phone. Either way, this is a good time to ask any other questions about their office, services, or any concerns you may have.
3. Make a plan.
Tell a friend or family member the date and time of your dental appointment and ask them to come with you. Also, try listening to calming music or your favorite podcast while you are in the dentist’s waiting room. If you’re visiting Dr. Gleave’s office, you can use our wireless headphones for listening to the TV or music. Another good idea is to plan something fun afterward. Any of these ideas will help ease your anxiety and keep you motivated to attend your appointment.
4. Communicate your fears.
When you arrive for your appointment, describe your fears to the dental hygienist or dentist. Discuss with them what has caused your phobia and what they can do to help you feel more comfortable. Our team will be happy to meet your needs.
5. Ask about sedation dentistry.
Some dentists offer dental sedation to patients who experience dental fear, anxiety, or stress and for those who are undergoing lengthy procedures. Dr. Gleave offers the following types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
Contact our office to learn more about sedation dentistry and which option is right for you.
Visit Your SLC Dentist Today
Your oral health affects more than just your teeth. It can impact your whole body as well. Don’t let your oral health suffer due to dental phobia. Schedule your appointment online or call us today at 801-262-0744.