I don’t like visiting the dentist so what can I do?

This is a very common problem. A great many people dislike or fear the dentist and so tend to put it off until the very last minute, or not at all!

But, the problem with that is that any minor dental problems which are left untreated, can lead to much more serious ones which will require extensive treatment.

There are a variety of reasons as to why people fear or dislike the dentist but modern dentistry can deal with any of these. Advanced techniques, sympathetic dentists and methods for dealing with dental anxiety are all there to deal with this. They can ensure that this becomes a comfortable experience if not a pleasant one!

Methods include relaxation techniques, sedation, ‘distraction’ approaches and a thorough understanding between you and your dentist. It is important that you find a dentist that you both like and trust, and feel comfortable with. He or she should discuss any treatment options with you and listen sympathetically to any fears that you have.

Don’t feel that your dentist will be shocked, disgusted or angry with you whatever the condition of your teeth. Dentists have seen it all and understand why people may be reluctant to seek treatment. They will discuss your teeth with you in an honest and understanding manner rather than criticising you or passing judgement.

Talk to your dentist about your fears. Be frank and honest about why you feel this way and make sure that you fully understand the answers you are given.

The vast majority of dentists are there to help and reassure you but if you find one that seems less than helpful then go elsewhere.

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