While there are likely some people out there who buck the trend, it's very difficult to find someone who actually relishes the thought of going to the dentist. Yet due to modern-day techniques and skills, a visit to the dentist's chair shouldn't give you even the slightest bit of trepidation. If you still need a bit of persuading however, what should you do?
Where Fear Comes from
Dentists understand that a lot of the "fear" associated with their work is linked to some kind of experience that patients had during their childhood. These memories can be deeply ingrained and can be linked to a certain sensation, sound or even a smell.
Try This First
If you haven't been to the dentist for some time and even the mere thought gives you palpitations, then the first thing you should do is visit the dentist in their office, not in the surgery. Dentists are highly trained in emotional management and will be able to sit down with you in a comfortable environment, listening to your thoughts and fears without judging at all before responding. All the options available to you can be explored, and the dentist can even have a look in your mouth casually to start off with.
Some Other Possibilities
In some cases, the dentist may prescribe a small sedative that you can take the night before you're due to go to the appointment, so you can get a good night's sleep. This can make a significant difference as compared to a night where you are just tossing and turning and worrying yourself needlessly. It's also possible that you can take some anti-inflammatory medications just before the appointment to reduce swelling and discomfort. Just remember to always talk with your dentist before taking any medications in advance of your appointment, without them being aware.
Slow and Steady
By talking to your dentist ahead of time he or she will be very aware of your worries and will take extra time to ensure that your visit is as comfortable as possible. Remember that the dentist can control virtually all of the physical sensations you experience by using various topical anaesthetics and other aids. They will also take even more care to administer each part of the treatment, carefully explaining to you what is going to happen in advance and proceeding slowly.
Take the First Step
Fundamentally, however, don't be afraid to book that "nonsurgical" appointment with your dentist first, who will be only too happy to spend some time to reassure you and make that important trust connection.