Dental technology has been highly developed in recent years. The ghost stories of the past are long gone. Nowadays, in principle, everything can be practically painless. Yet a quarter of the Dutch are afraid of the dentist.
7 tips to reduce anxiety:
- Whatever the cause of your fear, create an atmosphere of mutual trust between you and your dentist.
- If you are afraid of undergoing treatment, talk to your dentist about it. He is then prepared and may possibly take extra time for you.
- Get informed about the types of treatments that await you, about what will happen and why. Consider whether it is more pleasant for you to look with a mirror during the treatment, if possible.
- Do you fear pain? Then insist that you be anesthetized.
- Everyone needs control. Therefore, agree a sign with the dentist, such as raising your hand, on which the dentist can interrupt treatment. This way you have the feeling that you have some control over the treatment.
- Try whether you benefit from relaxation or breathing exercises. Distraction often helps even better. If necessary, ask for music, making every effort to listen carefully to it. If your attention to treatment is less, a possibly unpleasant feeling will be less.
- If your dentist does not understand your fear, do not be embarrassed and look for another dentist if necessary. One that explains and shows understanding for you and your wishes.