For most of us, a trip to the dentist or orthodontist is a minor but necessary chore. For other people, however, it can be a waking nightmare. Their fears can make them nervous and jittery while in the chair. In severe cases, it can keep them away completely. This creates a vicious cycle in which avoiding regular care makes dental problems worse. This only increases the worry these people may feel.
There are many reasons why you might be apprehensive about going to the dentist. You may be afraid of needles and drills. You could be nervous about feeling a lack of control while having to sit still. It’s possible that you had a bad experience and are not excited about potentially repeating it.
If fear is keeping you from getting the regular care your teeth need, take a close look at the accompanying guide. It contains key tips for overcoming the nervousness you might experience at the dentist’s office. For example, you can try meditation or other relaxation techniques to keep you calm. Whatever reasons you may have, confronting your dental anxiety is good for your overall oral health.
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