It is a fact that many people feel terrified and petrified to visit a dentist. The fear and apprehension is of such a great magnitude that people often look out for different excuses to skip dental checkups. However many of us are often not aware that often a heart disease can be a result of a person’s bad dental health. Though it is also true that a heart disease can happen in the worst scenario, yet we must realize that good dental health is essential for our physical well being. And in order to have a good dental health, it is highly recommended that visits to the dentist are made on a regular basis. Often the apprehension and anxiety of our dental conditions can be ill founded.
But more importantly routine visits to the dentist will ensure that the habit of regular visit is developed as well as helps in building up a rapport with the dentist which reduces the anxieties in the future. Once a patient gets use to the pain, a person’s ability to bear pain also increases. As a person develops the habit of regular dental check up, a procedure which seemed to be unbearable no longer remains so.
How to control Dental Phobia
Till now we discussed about how people suffer from anxiety and phobia in the name of dental check up. In this section we will discuss some of the methods and ways to reduce the phobia of visiting a dentist.
Selecting a dentist: A very important step would be to select the right dentist by carefully consulting friends, family members and colleagues. One must not be quick to select the first available dental clinic in the neighborhood. A kind hearted and compassionate dentist can do a lot to reduce the anxiety of visiting a dentist.
Application of sedation: If the patient is too anxious or feels that he won’t be able to bear the pain, the dentist in turn might not find it easy to do something like extracting a tooth. In such scenarios, the dentist might decide to use oral, inhalation or intravenous sedation before commencing his procedure. It is always advised by the dentist not to drive and preferably come with someone else as he or she might need support for a few hours post the use of sedation.
Use of general Anesthesia: Rarely though, but it might so happen that small children or people suffering from special ailments might have to go through complicated dental procedures. In such situations, general anesthesia might be used by the dentist. However one must remember that a dentist would only use general anesthesia only in the rarest cases and as a last resort if no other alternative exists before him or her.
To maintain a calm disposition: While this might not seem to be an easy proposition, as often people find the sound coming from dental equipments adding up to the anxiety and phobia one might be feeling, there is a solution to maintain a calm disposition during the dental procedure. The patient can carry an IPod or an easy to carry music system and listen to some soothing music to shut down the sound of the dental equipments.