The dental chair. There are so many things that happen in a dental office that can make us feel fear, from the sounds of the dental tools to the very sight of a dental hygienist. While many of these fears are greatly exaggerated in our minds, many people cannot even think about the dentist without shuttering. Dr. Viviana Waich has spent 25 years helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair. With her compassionate treatment, her supportive team, and the latest dental techniques – we are certain we can help you defeat your fear of the dentist!
Braving the Dentist
A lot of dentophobia begins when we are children. Because children are like sponges, one bad experience at the dentist can haunt us for the rest of our lives. While many of us are adults, we remember when ‘comfort care’ wasn’t really promoted in the dental office and sedation was only used in the most extreme cases. That left us to feel all the fear . . . and a lot of the pain. No wonder there are so many adults with PDSD (Post-Dentist Stress Disorder). Fortunately, you don’t have to feel this way forever. Here are some great tips to help you conquer the beast (your fear, not the dentist).
- Don’t Be Too Early. A lot of people get very anxious waiting, so couple that with waiting in a dentist’s office and you have the recipe for a stress-disaster. When you are scheduled for a dental appointment, arrive close to your appointment time and not too early. This will help you avoid the anxious wait.
- Bring a Distraction. Many dentists will have shows or movies playing on the ceiling (especially for children) to help distract their patients from the treatment. If that isn’t enough, bring your own headphones with comforting music.
- Practice Relaxation Techniques. Deep breathing is not only used in childbirth and yoga. Deep breaths can be incredibly helpful in other stressful situations like at a dental office.
- Let the Dentist Know. A good dentist will be sympathetic to your fear – in fact, many dentists had the same fear before they became dentists! Communicate your worries to the dentist and their team. At Sonrisas Dental Miami, we do our best to help anxious patients.
- Bring a Friend. A friend or family member can help distract you, ease your worries, and even hold your hand! Before you ask them to come with you, be sure to make sure that someone can be in the room with you.
Help Your Family Conquer the Fear
Because so many of us became afraid of the dentist at a young age, it is really important that if you have kids, or young children in your family, you encourage them not to be scared. Help them practice good dental habits, like brushing their teeth twice per day for two minutes and flossing daily. While dental fear is common, it doesn’t have to be passed on to the next generation. If you need help easing your own fears of the dentist, we welcome you to talk with our dental team at Sonrisas! We love helping patients feel comfortable, and we celebrate when a patient leaves our office loving their dental visit. This could be you – just give us a chance! Schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Waich today.