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Fear of the dentist? Seven tips to control it

Dentophobia is the fear of pain and anxiety that we can live in an appointment at the dentist. It is true that the fear of the dentist has a very logical part because we visit the dentist when we need to cure a tooth decay, remove a tooth or some orthodontic treatment.


"Coming to the consultation with certain oral problems can cause the patient to be intimidated in front of the specialist and their self-esteem decreases," explains Susan Alarcón, a dentist at OdontoStudio.



It is essential to take care of dental health, "not only to have a beautiful smile, but because not paying attention to the health of our mouth and teeth can generate periodical diseases, which increase the risk of suffering from diabetes or suffering a heart attack," says Alarcón .


To prevent this from happening, simply go to the dentist regularly. If your next dental visit makes you nervous, try these recommendations by dentist Susan Alarcón to control your anxiety about going to the dentist:


1. Confidence helps reduce stress. One of the most important factors in overcoming anxiety about visiting the dentist is that you have good communication with him.


If you don't know one, ask your friends and family to recommend one. Receiving positive comments about a dentist from a person you trust can help reduce your anxiety.


2. Share your fears. If you feel nervous or anxious, tell your dentist and the office staff. If you express your concerns, the dentist can adapt the treatment to your needs.


3. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during dental procedures. When people tend to hold their breath, oxygen levels decrease and the feeling of panic increases.


As with some meditation techniques, focusing on slow and regular breathing helps reduce stress levels.

4. Listen to some songs. If the sound of the dental lathe (device for removing and repairing dental pieces) disturbs you, take your headphones and favorite music.


5. Watch what you eat and drink. Avoid ingesting caffeine before consulting with the dentist. Eat foods high in protein that, unlike candy, have a relaxing effect.


6. Sign with your hands. Agree to make certain hand signs to communicate with your dentist. When you feel uncomfortable, tell your dentist to decrease or stop the procedure.


7. Choose a low stress schedule for the consultation. Schedule your visit to the dentist on a day or time when your time or pressure is not constrained. It could be a consultation on a Saturday or early morning.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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