Dental ClinicMouth open, eyes closed—this is your appearance as you wait for the dentist to extract that nasty decayed tooth that has been causing you pain. Sitting on the dental chair poses a dilemma: you want to back out because you’re afraid of the process or you want to stay because you don’t want the pain to worsen. If you choose the latter, congratulations. But, if you go for the former, you obviously need to sort your priorities and work on some conditioning. Don’t fret; dental fear is more common than you think.

Below are some insights that will help you overcome your dental fear:

Learn the Nature of Fear

Understand that fear is normal and practical. The concept may be hard to grasp, but think of this: fear is what helped man to move forward the evolutionary scale. It’s necessary for survival. At some point, though, fear is irrational. Be careful with rationalising it. For instance, think of the further consequences if you don’t undergo the procedure.

Speak to Your Dentist

Speak to your dentist regarding the procedure you will undergo. Let him explain the process step-by-step. If you have the general picture, you will find ways how you will prepare yourself for the process. More importantly, talk to your dentist about additional options that will help you relaxed, such as performing the dental procedure while you’re asleep.

Seek Distractions

Bring your music player and listen to calming and soothing songs while the dentist performs the procedure on you. Focusing on your breathing will also help you. It will relax your muscles and heartbeat.

These are only some of the things that will help you overcome your fear while you’re sitting on the dental chair. If you believe your fear is getting out of hand, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a counsellor.

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