Getting Over Your Fear of the Dentist

If you get a little nervous when it’s time to see the dentist, know that you’re not alone.  Lots of people get that sick feeling in their stomachs when they sit down in the dentist’s chair.  At ZDental, we understand that getting your teeth examined isn’t the most pleasant experience in the world but we also know how important it is to visit the dentist regularly so you can prevent small problems from becoming big issues.  If you’ve got a fear of going to the dentist, here are a few tips that may help you alleviate that fear so you can keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Admit You Have a Problem

The first step in overcoming a problem is admitting it really is a problem.  People do all sorts of mental gymnastics when confronted with a phobia like going to the dentist.  They may even convince themselves that they don’t actually need to visit the dentist.  Well the truth is that skipping dental appointments is actually a huge problem, one that will absolutely lead to bigger problems in the future.  Remember that today’s cavity can end up being tomorrow’s root canal, but only if you don’t take care of it.

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Discuss Your Fears with Your Dentist

At ZDental, we deal with nervous patients all the time.  It’s really not unusual to feel nervous during your appointment, so don’t be afraid to tell the dentist how you’re feeling.  Our dentists are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure you take the best possible care of your teeth, and if that means giving you a little pep talk before your next cleaning, they will be more than happy to do that.  Believe us when we say our dentists have seen it all, and they know exactly what to say to alleviate your concerns and get you on the road to a cleaner, healthier mouth.


Bring a Friend

Sometimes bringing a trusted friend or family member to your visit will help you maintain your composure.  Being able to see a loved one who’s not afraid may help you get over your own fears.

Ask about Alternative Treatment Methods

In some cases, there are ways of getting around the things that scare you.  For example, if you’re afraid of needles, you’re probably going to be uncomfortable with anesthesia being injected into your gums.  The good news is that topical anesthetic can be applied first to numb the pain of the needle. Once again, open communication with your dentist is the key to overcoming your fear and discomfort.  If you’re feeling nervous, speak up and your dentist will find a better way to accommodate you.

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At ZDental, we want you to feel comfortable any time you visit one of our offices.  If you’ve got dental phobia, let us know. Our staff members understand your concerns and know what to do to make you feel better.  Taking great care of your teeth is too important to let a little fear get in the way. When you walk through the door of one of our offices in Bensalem, Trenton, or Vernon, we’ll be there to answer any questions you may have and talk about your fears.  We’ve got offices in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, so visit our contact page to find the office closest to you.  We look forward to treating you!