Dental anxiety over going dentist is a problem that many people have, and something that is somewhat difficult to overcome.  This fear normally prevents rational people from visiting the dentist and maintaining the health of their teeth.  The key to keeping your teeth healthy is to prevent problems before they start.  Those who suffer from dental anxiety will try to avoid going to the dentist, which results in problems. When someone who suffers from dental anxiety finally goes to the dentist, they normally find that even the smallest of problems can turn serious and require a lot of work and intervention from the dentist.  Even though you may not realize it, regular cleaning visits to your dentist is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and prevent problems such as decay and cavities.

You can use several techniques to overcome dental anxiety.  Some of the techniques require mild sedatives. Sedation is a way to relax, given by breathing or IV (Intra Vein) through a vein in your arm.  Sedation will help you to calm down, although you will normally be awake to answer questions or talk to your dentist.

Some people who suffer from dental anxiety have had bad experiences.  Any type of negative dental experience will normally result in emotional scarring. Anything that results in negative feelings for will normally cause more negative thoughts toward the entire dental profession.  Although all dentists aren’t bad - a negative experience will certainly make a patient feel that way.

Establishing trust is very important with the patient/dentist relationship.  You’ll be going to your dentist on a frequent basis, so you’ll want to be sure that you can trust him.  When you go to your dentist for the first time, you should let him know about your dental anxiety. 

If you suffer from dental anxiety, letting your dentist and his staff know is crucial.  This way, they will work with you to overcome your fear and make you feel as comfortable as possible.  Over time, you’ll find that you can overcome your fear and establish a great relationship with going to the dentist.  Before you know it, you’ll be over your fear!