If the thought of going to the dentist fills you with dread, you’re not alone. Fear of the dentist is among the most commonly reported phobias in the United States. But dental care has come a long way in the past several decades and there’s a lot you can do to put your mind at ease and get the Glen Ellyn dental care that you need and deserve!
How do I Find a Gentle Dentist?
Finding a gentle dentist, and one who is accustomed to dealing with patients with dental phobia, will make your experience much less overwhelming. Checking out the dentist’s website is a great place to start, as he or she will typically list specialties and comfort options. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to call and ask. Reading reviews is another great way to find out about a dentist’s “bedside manner” and how they deal with particularly nervous patients.
What Can I do to Ease My Fears?
Call the dental office ahead of your appointment to let them know your concerns, so that they can be prepared. If you have time, and it is not an emergency, having a no-pressure get to know you appointment can get you comfortable with the office. If you are having a procedure done, asking the dentist what to expect can sometimes ease anxiety. Conversely, if you’d rather have less information, let your provider know that as well.
What Kind of Comfort Measures are Available?
Each dentist is different. However, many dental practices now offer an array of comfort measures. From headphones to block out sounds to dark glasses and television to watch, there are lots of ways to distract yourself from the dental work. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need or to bring along something from home, such as your own music or a pillow, to make yourself more comfortable. If your phobia is more severe, or you are having extensive work done, you may also wish to discuss options for sedation before and during your dental work.