Question: I have not been to the dentist in over three years. I am very scared about going to the dentist so it keeps me from going even though I have dental insurance though my job. The last time I went to a dentist he did two filling and it really hurt. Any advise?
Reply: There are many people that have to deal with dental fears. However, it then becomes even more important to see the dentist regularly to avoid having to have larger dental care needs. As surely just have a basic check up and cleaning is not as scary as say a filling or root canal. With that said one way to help with dental fear is to talk to your dentist before hand about your fears. If the dentist knows about your dental fears he or she will take things more slowly an make sure that you are feeling comfortable with what is going on.
When you book you dental appointment let the person booking it know about your dental fears and to make sure they book you with additional time so your appointment is not rushed. This too may help your dental appoint go more smoothly.