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Tips to ease dental fear

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM


If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, here are tips to ease the fear:

Once you've found someone you think may be suitable, visit the surgery to have a look around, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment. Tell the dentist that you're anxious so they know beforehand.

Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.

The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don’t worry that you’ll be launched into having a filling, the drill or a needle. See this first visit as your chance to get to know the dentist.

Take a friend with you to your appointment. The dentist won’t mind if they accompany you throughout the check-up or treatment.

Agree a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger, and will help you feel more in control.

If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and rapport with your dentist.

Take a personal stereo with you to listen to music during your visit. It will help you relax.


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