Are you afraid of the dentist or does an appointment make you anxious? Fear of the dentist is usually caused by negative past experiences. You may have been afraid of the dentist as a child, and these feelings stuck with you as you grew up. Some people are also afraid of the noises of the tools dentists and dental hygienists use for teeth cleaning and exams, so thinking about these could bring about some fears, too.
This video gives tips to managing your fear of the dentist.
See the dentist at a less busy time of day, such as the morning hours. There will be fewer people, but also fewer tools making noises that could trigger your anxiety. Also, the later you see your dentist, the more time your anxieties will build up in anticipation. Bring noise-canceling headphones or earbuds with music to help you relax. Ask a friend or a loved one to accompany you during your appointment. Practice deep breathing and other meditation techniques to calm your nerves. Among the most important qualities of a dentist is the ability to understand your fears and aversions. You can ask your doctor or a loved one for a recommendation for a caring dentist who will understand your nerves or fear.