It’s an unfortunate truth, but some people have a fear of the dentist. Adults and children alike may want to avoid a visit to the dental office out of fear of pain and discomfort. However, we all know that regular checkups and cleanings are a crucial part of good oral health. So how can we overcome that fear? Today, we’re going to highlight a few tips that may help you to overcome a fear of the dentist, and we’re going to delve into a few tidbits that may put your mind at ease when you come to visit us here at Love to Smile. It’s always our goal to ensure that our clients are comfortable throughout their visit, and they leave happy with their exams, cleanings, and dental procedures. As always, if you need to schedule a dental cleaning, you can count on your local dentists here at Love to Smile — call us today to schedule an appointment. Now, let’s delve into those tips and tidbits that can help you to overcome your fear of the dentist!

Come in Often

While it may sound counterintuitive to visit the dentist more often, it may help you to overcome your fears. Cleanings and exams should be routine, and they’ll be less painful and take less time if you visit your dentist regularly. In addition, it’s less likely that you’ll need to get a procedure performed that may cause pain or discomfort if you take care of your teeth and get regular, professional cleanings. Make dental office visits routine to avoid a buildup of fear, and to mitigate the odds of needing more difficult, discomforting procedures.

Gentle Technology

Nowadays, dental equipment is becoming more and more advanced, meaning that patients endure less discomfort, and procedures go more quickly. Take our Itero Digital Intraoral Scanner, for example. This scanning technology makes exams quicker than ever, and it provides our dentists with a complete 3D computer model of your teeth and gums. Performing a scan only takes a minute or two, and no X-rays are necessary. We also have one-day crowns, and a myriad of other technologies that are designed to make dental procedures fast and pain-free. If you’re curious about the technology at hand, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about the specific equipment used for your upcoming dental procedure.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry and local anaesthetics may be an option for certain procedures. Both sedation dentistry and anaesthesia are designed to take the pain out of procedures that may otherwise be painful, like dental implants, root canals, tooth removals, and more. Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry and anaesthesia options before scheduling a procedure, so that you can rest assured that your upcoming dental work will be as pain-free as possible.

Take Pride in Your Smile

Remember that you’re improving your overall oral health and your smile with every visit to the dentist, and that’s something to be proud of! Like going to the gym and working out, it may take a moment or two of discomfort or pain to reap the benefits. Take comfort in the fact that you’re doing the right thing for your oral health, and you’ll have long-lasting results. Better yet, take comfort in knowing that you could be preventing tooth and gum problems that can cause pain and sensitivity down the road!

Find the Right Dentist

If you don’t have a regular dentist that you like, shop around! Look for a dental office that makes you feel comfortable, and find the right dentist to match with you. Your dentist should make you feel at ease while you’re getting exams, cleanings, and dental work. If you feel uncomfortable with how he or she treats you, or if you’d like a second opinion on recommended dental work, don’t hesitate to visit another dentist! The right dentist can make a world of difference in your comfort.

Speak With Your Dentist

Don’t hesitate to tell your dentist about your discomfort or your fears. Dentists understand that certain people feel fearful or uncomfortable throughout a visit. Talking with your dentist can help them to adapt and adjust their procedures to keep you as comfortable as possible. Even a bit of reassurance from a kind dentist can go a long way to help overcome fear.

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Trust Love to Smile

Looking for the right dentist to keep you comfortable throughout your visit? Count on Love to Smile. We have three local dental offices in Lenexa, Overland Park, and Peculiar, making visits convenient, and we strive to make your visits as comfortable as possible! Take a look at our dental office locations, and schedule an appointment for your dental needs today. As always, we’re here to help ensure that you’re comfortable, your teeth are clean, and your oral health is at its best!