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Dental phobia is a real problem, and many people suffer from it. If you are one of these people, we are here to help you turn your dental experiences around. If you do the following five things, there is a good chance that you will finally feel relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair:

Talk to the Dentist
Tell your dentist how you feel when you are in his office. Make sure he knows about your dental fears and phobias. If your dentist knows, he will be able to determine the best way to manage and help your situation.

Bring Music
Music can calm many people, so we recommend bringing an iPod or CD player with you when you come in for an appointment. Bring some music you’ve never heard before so you will focus more on the music rather than on the treatment. Whatever music you bring, make sure it’s relaxing and comforting.

Discuss Dental Sedation
Many dentists offer dental sedation in their offices to help their patients get through the treatment. The most common sedatives found are nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Talk to your dentist about your options and see if sedation is something that will help during your visit.

Determine a “stop” signal
If you determine a stop signal with your dentist, whether it’s raising your hand, making a coughing sound, or blinking three times, you will have the control you need during your treatment. Each time you give your dentist the signal, he will know that you need a break.

Plan Breaks
Ask your dentist about the treatment. Get every detail so you know exactly what is going to happen while you are in the dental chair. You can also plan breaks throughout the treatment so you can have time to breathe, relax, and build up the courage to continue.

We care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best dental experience possible. Please remember that you can always talk to Dr. Naman B. Patel and our entire dental team at Island Dental if you ever feel uncomfortable or nervous. We are here to help you in any way we can. If you have any questions, please call 480-719-7941 today.