If you are like most people, then you might have a fear of going to the dentist. This could be because you don't want the dentist to see your teeth or that you don't like someone being right in your face while cleaning your teeth or performing work in the mouth. There are some things you can do to relieve some of your anxiety and be on your way to healthy teeth and gums.
Find a dentist you like and trust. If you aren't comfortable with the person, then you won't want to go see him. Talk to friends and family to see if they know of a dentist they enjoy seeing.
Once you find a dentist you like, open up about your fears. If necessary, your dentist may opt to give you a sedative before a procedure and will explain exactly what will take place while you are in the office so you do not get caught off guard.
As for sedatives, nitrous oxide is commonly used for those who have a high anxiety level. The medication wears off quickly and can be used with adults and children.
To further allay patients’ fears, some dental offices offer a spa-like atmosphere so that routine cleaning and other treatments feel infinitely more pleasant. Some offices even have flat-screen televisions in the procedure rooms as well as headphones to provide welcome distractions.