If you feel apprehensive before going to the dentist, chances are you are experiencing dental anxiety. Though dental anxiety is quite common, it is easily manageable and even preventable.
What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is simply fear of the dentist.
What is the most common reason for dental anxiety?
Most people that experience dental anxiety are afraid of pain.
What can I do to prevent dental anxiety?
The most important thing you can do to avoid dental anxiety is talk to your dentist. You are less likely to be anxious if you are comfortable with your dentist. Talk to them about your specific fears, and they can help alleviate any concerns.
How do I prevent my child from being scared of the dentist?
The earlier you begin taking your child to the dentist, the more comfortable they will become with the process. It is recommended that children first see the dentist between six-12 months of age, or when the first tooth erupts. Before the appointment, talk to your child about their upcoming dentist appointment, letting them know that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help keep their teeth and gums healthy.
American Dental Association: Anxiety