To be afraid of a dentist is not modern. Long gone are the days when these doctors were tormentors. Today they are perhaps the most beautiful and cutest (after all, the competition in this area is very high). Only the amount on the check should be afraid. And it only grows with every delayed trip to the clinic. Therefore, if the time has come, schedule an appointment. And the day before, study our tips to make treatment more comfortable.
1. Find a dentist you can trust
The doctor should be chosen almost like a spouse. And here everyone has their own criteria: appearance, tone of voice, humorous or, conversely, a strict approach. Ideally, you should be almost in love with your dentist, then you will wait for the appointment as a rendezvous. If you have not found your "one", take the time - go to a consultation with several doctors and find the best one.
2. Make an appointment in the morning
There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, you will not get tired, your nervous system will be more balanced than after a hard working day, and even waiting for treatment. The pain will feel less (anesthesia works better for those who are calm).
Secondly, by the evening the dentist will get tired. Attention, concentration and visual acuity are not supernatural for him - it is better as long as he is full of strength. Therefore, meet while you are both still awake.
3. On the eve, try to have a good rest
The better you get enough sleep, the more balanced you will be, and therefore the treatment will be more calm and less painful. Therefore, do not plan for the evening on the eve of taking emotional exercises. Better take a walk or read to get an early fall asleep.
But do not try to help yourself with alcohol! It can weaken the effect of anesthesia.
5. Prepare questions
A dentist is not a person with terrible tools in his hands, but first of all a qualified specialist.
You probably have questions about dental care and nutritional rules for dental health. Write them down, because, because of the excitement, your memory may swap when you are already in the clinic. Ask them how to sit in a chair. Conversation will help to defuse the situation and reduce your anxiety.
6. Do not come too early
There is no need to wait for your turn in the corridor of the clinic. This can increase anxiety. Even if you have arrived earlier, it is better to take a walk around or meditate while sitting in the car. And most likely, five minutes will be enough for you to fill out the basic medical forms. You can fill in the rest after the procedure.
7. Try to localize problems
Among dentists, as in any other profession, there are charlatans who, for your money, “saw” you at least every tooth. Determine at least roughly where something bothers you (left or right, bottom or top).
Try chewing something sweet (like a candy or fondant bun). Notice if any tooth responds to hot or cold.
These methods, of course, do not guarantee one hundred percent diagnosis. However, if you are in doubt about the need to drill something, it is best to consult elsewhere first. The same applies to the situation when the tooth bothers you, but the doctor does not find anything - go to another.
9. Special council in case fear is not overcome
In fact, if the fear of a dentist comes to panic, you don’t have to commit a feat. Soothing can help. However, this is not about valerian and motherwort, but about potent drugs that should be sold by prescription. If you can’t overcome the panic in any way, you can go to the dentist (only for consultation, while without treatment), and to a therapist who can prescribe appropriate medications for you.
Naturally, you should definitely notify the dentist about taking such drugs! Since they usually interact synergistically with the anesthetic, and the dosage must be calculated differently.