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Overcoming your Fear of the Dentist

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Overcoming your Fear of the Dentist

Many individuals are quite naturally concerned about visiting the dentist. As a result, they put it off until they develop a very serious, and often painful condition. In order to avoid this problem it is important to learn how to overcome your fear of the dentist.

First it is important to recognize the source of the fear. For many people the fear of going to the dentist involves the thought of pain. There is no doubt about the fact that some dental procedures can involve a degree of pain; however, in many cases, the fear of pain is often magnified in our minds. Taking the time to understand solutions which can help to eliminate or reduce the amount of pain you feel the next time you go to the dentist can help you to overcome your fear of the dentist.

Most of the time visiting the dentist is actually quite painless. This is certainly true if you take the time to schedule routine dental check-ups to make sure that problems are addressed before they become major issues and that your teeth are cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of plaque. If there is any discomfort involved in a routine dental check-up it is only minimal.

Generally, there are several dental procedures that can be done without using any anesthesia at all because new technologies have allowed the treatment of these problems to be done in a relative painless manner. There is no loud grinding or buzzing sound and no pain whatsoever involved.

In the event you do feel discomfort during the procedure there are steps that can be taken to reduce that discomfort and make you feel more at ease with the whole procedure. The first step in reducing the discomfort you may feel is to make sure that your mouth is numb. This is done with a very slow treatment.

The dentist will proceed carefully and slowly until he or she is sure that you are feeling no pain. For some people, it may take a few minutes longer for the anesthesia to begin working. If you do feel pain after your dentist has administered the anesthesia do not hesitate to let him know. There could be numerous reasons for this. For example, the anesthesia might not have been placed in exactly the right spot, there might not have been enough time for the anesthetic to begin working or there might not have been enough applied. Regardless of the reason, be sure to let your dentist know that you are feeling some discomfort.

It is important to understand that there may be some discomfort following the procedure after the anesthesia has worn off. This is also a common fear. Many people are afraid they will be in tremendous pain for the next few days. It is possible to experience some pain for awhile after your procedure if you had a tooth pulled or some type of surgery. In some cases, multiple dental fillings can also cause some discomfort and pain following the procedure. The good news is that your dentist can help you to manage this pain after treatment. They may be able to give you anesthesia that lasts longer or a medication that you can take to reduce pain after treatment.

In the end, pain is quite subjective and unique to every individual. By taking the time to educate yourself on the options available to you and seeking a caring and compassionate dentist; however, you can overcome your fear of the dentist and begin to take advantage of routine dental health care.