Afraid of the dentist? You’re not alone. A surveys show that such fear plagues over 80% of adults and over half say it may keep them out the dental chair. Poor oral health and tooth loss are linked to many serious conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is important to take steps to preserve your natural teeth.
–Be honest about your anxiety, which can help your dentist create solutions to ease your worries.
–Knowing what to expect also eases tension, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or have any procedure, even basic cleanings, explained.
–Distractions also can help. For example, most dentists don’t mind if you bring a portable music device and headphones to make yourself more comfortable.
–See a specialist if a complicated procedure is required. Specialists have training and technology that makes the procedure comfortable for patients.