Yes. Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Dentists today are sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask your dentist about these ways to help.
When we are faced with a challenge or something we're afraid of, such as a visit to the dentist, our bodies produce substances, which raise our anxiety. However, we can train our bodies to work against this anxiety, by learning to relax. It's not possible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time, so learning relaxation helps control our anxiety. If you are a mother, you may have learned some relaxation techniques in childbirth classes. In fact, almost anyone can learn them. You can practise at home. Some people find that meditation and yoga work well, too.
Talk to your dentist. Most people can use relaxation techniques, but relative analgesia and sedation may not be suitable for everyone. Your dentist will tell you. You also need to tell your dentist about any medicines you may be taking, whether or not your doctor prescribes them.
Some people need something more to help them overcome their fears. The dentist or doctor may give you a sedative medicine, either in tablet or liquid form that can be taken before your visit in order to relax you.
The British Dental Health Foundation recommends the following simple routine to help avoid dental disease.1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This means cleaning all the surfaces and it involves more than just brushing. You need to clean between your teeth too. Your dentist or hygienist will show you the best techniques.2. Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drink. It is better for your teeth if you limit them to mealtimes. 3. Visit your dentist at least once a year. Remember, use your dental team for advice to help you avoid treatment rather than waiting for the problems to happen.