Addressing Fear and Anxiety
The first way to address your dental phobia is to talk about your fears with your dentist. The better he or she knows your history or concerns, the better you both can decide how to lessen your anxiety. There are several strategies that can help. Before your visit, ask your dentist what to expect so you can mentally prepare yourself. It may also help to settle on a cue during treatment, such as raising your hand, to alert your dentist that you are uncomfortable or need a break.