If you have a phobia of the dentist, asking for an appointment may not be the most pleasant thing to do during the day. “Phobia” is defined as the irrational fear that leads a person to avoid unpleasant situations, objects or activities. Many people are afraid of the dentist just because they grew up hearing their parent’s talk that they did not like going to the doctor’s office and this marked them from childhood.
Other people say they are afraid of the dentist because they went through a negative experience in the office during some procedure or because they faced a painful injection. If you are afraid of the dentist, we have some information that can make your visit to the office a positive experience. If you do not have a dentist yet, talk to your family or your friends and colleagues, ask the name of the dentist they consult and what they think of their work. Talking with other people is a good way to find the right dentist for your needs.
Find a dentist on the Internet. Many dental offices and clinics have sites that present the professionals, the type of services offered, the service staff and the treatment given to the patients. If you find an office that seems appropriate to your needs, talk to your friends and neighbors and look for references.
After finding the right dentist, talk to him or the clinic staff about your dental problem and your apprehensions and misgivings about the procedures to be performed. It is very important to maintain open communication with your dentist. This makes your experience more peaceful and enjoyable.
The dentist will explain to you the type of treatment recommended for your case. He will also inform you about the details of the procedure and you can clarify any questions or concerns you have about the treatment.
If you are nervous or tense before any procedure, the dentist can apply nitrous oxide (a gaseous analgesic and sedative agent), to make you relax during the treatment. Other medications can also be used, depending on the level of fear that the patient presents. The dentist and the auxiliary staff will make every effort to make your consultation a pleasant experience.