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How to Face Your Fear and Conquer Dental Dread! #tips

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Conquer Dental Dread.

If you know me, you know that I am a straightforward person. I tend to be a mix of an extrovert and a bit of an introvert and I have no problems standing in front of hundreds of people and speak about something I am passionate about. I can even get on a horse and go riding in mountains in Costa Rica; I have even swum with sharks! While all of these things induce heightened emotions and dare I say, fear–I would much rather do any of these in a heartbeat than go to the dentist. 

Heck, I’d even jump out of a plane.

I consider myself to be a pretty brave person in most circumstances but, going to the dentist is not one of them. My husband shakes his head every time I get a phone call from the dentist and I hit ignore and he gives me blank stares when he hears me call the dentist and I re-schedule my appointments multiple times. Though I eventually muster up the courage to go, one thing is for sure, I am not alone in my dental dread.

Overcome Your Fear.

Did you know nearly 50% of all Canadians suffer from dental dread?  For me, it’s recalling all the time I spent in the dentist’s chair in my youth. I had the longest and strongest roots in my teeth that you could imagine. My parents would use every single method they could think of to try to extract my baby teeth to no avail. When pliers, string, fruit, gum and everything else you can imagine didn’t work, they would accept their defeat and head to the dentist with me in tow.

I had every single baby tooth removed by a dentist and if you know about extractions, you know that means that I’ve seen a whole lot of needles in my day. The sound of drilling, bright white lights and that sterile cold feeling always gives me goosebumps. Apart from the pain and discomfort, the worst part of it all was the freezing.

I loathed the feeling of being frozen and having to wait hours to feel normal again. The last time that I had to face the needle was when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I left the dentist swollen, in pain and FROZEN.

A national survey recently conducted for Septodont— the world’s leading manufacturer of oral freezing products — revealed that while almost 25% of Millennial (aged 18-34) are most likely to avoid the dentist due to the discomfort of dental freezing. 3 out of 4 Canadians have a keen interest in hearing options on reducing dental freezing time.

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What Sparks Your Dread?

If you’re like me and it is negative memories you harbor or if the mere sound and smell of the dentist makes you want to run for the nearest door–you have options! Septodont provides a product that significantly reduces unwanted lingering soft tissue anesthesia after routine dental procedures.  You, my fellow Canucks, don’t have to fear the dentist anymore! 

How to Conquer Dental Dread:
  • Breathe. Relax and look back on experiences to see what may be the trigger.
  • Acknowledging your fears may help you to overcome them.
  • Know that dental procedures have improved over the years. Especially if you had a negative childhood memory!
  • Find a highly-recommended dentist from people you know. It will help keep you at ease.
  • Ask a friend or loved one to accompany you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or a walkthrough of the procedure.
  • Keep up with good dental hygiene and dental visits to prevent problems.
  • You have options to help reduce freezing time, just ask your dentist!

Make sure to ask your doctor about how you can reduce dental freezing and how it can help you! After all, no one likes experiencing #DentalDread! Now, you know how you can conquer it! 

How do you beat dental dread?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats and entertainment. You can find her on Twitter and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.

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