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. I have no problem standing in front of hundreds of people and speak about something I am passionate about.
In the past, I have gotten on a horse and went riding in the mountains of 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.
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. 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 when they froze my gums.
I loathed the feeling of being frozen and having to wait for 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 Millennials (aged 18-34) are most likely to avoid the dentist.
This is due to the discomfort of dental freezing.
3 out of 4 Canadians have a keen interest in hearing options on reducing dental freezing time.
What Sparks Your Dread?
If you’re like me and it is negative memories you harbour 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!
How do you beat dental dread?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.