April 2, 2019
How to Overcome Fear of Dental Treatment
Are you afraid to go to the dentist?
Are you afraid to go to the dentist? Not many people really enjoy dental treatment, but millions of Americans stay completely away from treatment they need because of severe anxiety. Unfortunately, there are serious consequences to overall health and appearance for these patients.
The good news is that there are ways to overcome this anxiety. From a dental cleaning to getting braces, you can take steps to improve your dental health and get a beautiful smile by trying these simple tricks.
Think About Your Goals
Knowing the importance of dental health and teeth alignment can be an important first step toward getting the treatment you need.
Lack of care can lead to severe tooth pain and even the loss of teeth. This can impact the quality of your life, from your confidence to your ability to meet other important life goals. Pain can be so debilitating that it’s hard to think of anything else.
Even more importantly, gum disease can impact your mouth and the rest of your body as well. In fact, gingivitis is known to be linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Keep these impacts in mind as you consider dental treatment or getting braces. Don’t just think about the negative, though – getting proper dental treatment can improve your appearance, boost your confidence, and even help you get ahead at work.
Reframe Anxiety to Excitement
One of the most interesting things about anxiety and excitement is that physically, they are the same effects in your body. Your heart races, you feel flushed, you breathe a little faster.
The only real difference is in how your mind interprets these feelings. Mel Robbins, author of The 5 Second Rule, has great advice on how to reframe your fear as excitement so you can move forward. She used this method to overcome her fear of flying.
Here are the steps:
- Beforehand, consider the positive outcomes of getting the dental care you need
- As the appointment approaches, notice the physical feelings you have, but link them to excitement about your desired outcome
- Continue to tell yourself, “I am so excited that my mouth will be healthy after this appointment!” (or whatever outcome you chose)
- If you prefer, plan a fun event or treat after the appointment and focus your excitement on that
This may sound too simple, but it works like a charm. Whether you have a dental cleaning or need to consider braces, you can be excited instead of scared.