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How to Overcome Dental Phobia

In an earlier article, we explored the reasons behind dental phobia, and in this article we will give you the most common practices dentists use to make their patients comfortable and what you can do to alleviate fear before meeting your dentist.

Dentistry has evolved along with psychology, medicine and technology. Now we are able to tackle dental phobia by understanding it and by providing practical and painless solutions.

Dentists can support their patients by easing their fears in several ways:

Normally they will ease a patient’s fear by explaining step by step what the procedure is, what the patient might experience and how it might feel. Doing this will give the patient a sense of certainty and even control over what is happening, thus lowering the stress level during dental procedures. They frequently check if the patient is comfortable or not and ask for permission to continue.

Before the treatment starts, they allow patients to ask the dentist to stop if the procedure feels too uncomfortable.

They treat their patients with patience and kindness and will allow them to ask for breaks if necessary and for all the information they need about the procedure.

Now that we have identified how professionals can support you to overcome dental phobia. We will also offer you a couple of easy tips you can practice:

If what you fear is pain, consult your dentist about using sedatives.

Simply relax. A valuable and easy relaxation techniques is to take a deep breath, hold it for a while and then exhale very slowly.

When you are getting stressed on a dentist’s chair listen to music, and if it is available at the clinic, watch TV while the procedure is done.

Ask someone you trust to go with you. Ask a friend or relative to support you by sitting with you during the treatment.

Prisma Dental is deeply committed to your satisfaction. We invite you to share with us your fears and concerns about your dental health. It is an honor to offer you detailed information, answer all your questions and support you on your way to flash the perfect smile.

By: Prisma Dental

For any questions about our dental services you can contact us at or to our phone numbers: (506) 2291-5151 in Costa Rica or toll free at 866-741-8194 in United States.

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