There are lots of reasons to fear going to the dentist. They can remind you of a bad past experience, they may represent the unknown to you, or they may be saying you need a procedure you are afraid is going to be painful.
No matter why you are nervous about going to the dentist, the best thing you can do to ease these nerves is to open up and talk to your dentist. When they know you are fearful or anxious, plus they know why, they can do a lot to help.
When You Talk, Your Dentist Will Talk, TooOne of the great things about talking to your dentist is that they will listen. Explain to them that you are anxious about going in to see them, and explain to them why. If you aren't sure why, then give them the best idea you can come up with as to why. If you can narrow down a reason, this helps them help you in return.
When you speak to your dentist, they can then offer you their reassurances to help reduce your anxiety. If you aren't sure about going in because you are afraid of the unknown or a procedure, let them explain it. By allowing them to explain it, you allow yourself to understand what is going to go into it. That alone can quell a lot of fears.
Your dentist likely also has some form of sedation option for you. If you want to be a bit less anxious, even something as simple as nitrous can help. Go into the situation ready to explain your nerves, and ready to listen to what options your dentist has to help you feel better. You'd be surprised how much a short conversation can do to help.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (732) 994-6700 today.