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Anxiety free dental visits – tips to overcome your phobia

If you are like most people, you do not look forward to going to the dentist. There are millions of people around the world who are afraid to set foot in the dentist’s office. However, treatment is necessary to be able to have a lovely smile and healthy teeth and gums. Dentists as well as hygienists understand these fears and are willing to work with you so that you are comfortable and can have the treatments you need to be healthy. Read on below to see just what you can do to try and overcome your fear of the dentist.

Get to Know Your Dental Team

To become less nervous over dental visits, get to know the dentist and his team. Visit the office when you have time and just talk to the dentist. Let him or her know of your fear and discuss what can be done to alleviate those fears so you will feel more comfortable when you are attending scheduled treatments. Sometimes by just talking about what you are afraid of and learning the dental processes, you can feel better about attending your appointments.

Happy Gas

Dentists often use nitrous oxide with a little oxygen to make you feel more comfortable during visits. This gas enters the body via a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas will help you relax and not have a care in the world. You will feel at ease when you are receiving a cleaning, filling or other service. Gas is often used on individuals who do not feel comfortable at the dentist or even those who are scared. The gas helps to relax the body and mind, allowing the dentist to do the work while you simply rest. It is recommended that anyone who is afraid or anxious about dental treatment use the gas before the treatment takes place.

Psyche Yourself Up

It is also important to psyche yourself up. Think positively about your upcoming appointment. Talk to yourself and pep yourself up. Understand that the treatment has to be done and remember that your dentist only has your best interest at heart. Remaining positive will help you to feel better about the appointment as it draws near.


A drastic approach that some people try is hypnotism. Many believe that fears can be overcome with hypnotism. A person who specializes in hypnotism can provide the service for you so that you will not be scared to go to the dentist. While many people swear by such practices, others feel that the process is just a trick. You may want to give it a try and could find it actually works for you!

To feel comfortable at the dentist in an environment where you feel safe and protected, give our office a call. We understand such fears and will work with you so that you feel better about any dental treatment. Contact our office today at (602) 482-5100.