Dr. Marianna Kovitch from Atlanta Smiles and Wellness answers a reader’s question about how to get over your fear of going to the dentist.
Q: I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist, yet I know I need to. What should I do?
A: Dental phobia is common, but the good news is dentists now have better tools and techniques. Here are some tips to ease your anxiety: schedule a consultation with a dentist to make sure he or she understands your fears. At your appointment, ask for headphones to minimize the noises and a stress ball to help your hands relax. Ask for nitrous gas, which will also relax you, and to have numbing medicine placed prior to the anesthetic injection. Lastly, don’t do everything at once. Break your treatment down into several appointments to avoid long visits.
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