Some people fear visiting their dentist so much that the try to live with the pain, decreased function, or less-than-appealing appearance of their smile.  At Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center, it breaks our hearts knowing this, which is why we strive to provide our customers with compassionate care, cutting edge technology, and green products to help put people at ease.  In addition the following tips may help overcome the fear of a general dentistry visit. Open CommunicationIf you are afraid let your dentist know how you feel! If possible, tell them why – Did you have a bad experience in the past?  Are you concerned there may be even more discomfort? By letting your dentist know, they will be able to address your fears, offer suggestions to prevent them, and explain how new technologies have advanced general dentistry over the years. Medications for Anxiety ControlAlthough non-medicated approaches are preferred, you may have the option of using preferred medical solutions to help you relax during your appointment. Talk to your dentist before your scheduled appointment to determine if this method is appropriate for you. Alternative Relaxation TechniquesAlternative relaxation techniques may help reduce the anxiety. Some suggestions that patients have had success with include:

  • Deep breathing and/or Meditation to “center” yourself and help you relax
  • Listening to music to keep your mind pre-occupied
  • Early morning appointments before the stress of the day sets in.

 Eventually the fear will decrease over time as you get to know all the staff at the dental practice. Schedule Preventative Appointments Before a Dental Issue Arises Starting with a new dentist slowly can help to alleviate some of the fear general dentistry can cause. Instead of waiting until you have a dental problem to see a dentist, build a relationship through non-procedural and preventative appointments.  Basic dental exam with or without a cleaning, or a consultation is a great start. Dentists understand the need for some patients to start slowly, particularly if they are aware of the patient’s fears and anxiety.