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Does the idea of getting a cavity filled make you want to hide under your bed? Does scheduling a 6 month check-up cause you to run away screaming? Do you have nightmares about those circular mirrors the dentist puts in your mouth? If so, you are not alone. 9-15% of Americans have a very strong fear of visiting the dentist, but there is no reason to be afraid. Here are 5 ways you can overcome dentophobia.

  1. Take a half-hour before your appointment to relax. Relax in whatever way suits you best, whether it is meditating, taking a bubble bath, reading a book, or exercising.
  2. Bring a family member or friend to your appointment with the dentist. Their support can help to reduce your fear.
  3. Let your dentist know that you feel anxious about the check-up or procedure. They will take the time to talk to you about your fears and help you feel more comfortable.
  4. Listen to music while undergoing a procedure. Or you can distract yourself by imagining another place or a happy memory.
  5. Ask your dentist about using nitrous oxide or other sedation methods during a treatment to help you feel relaxed.