Having a root canal, or endodontic treatment as it is also known, is a common procedure for millions of people in America.
This doesn’t mean it is straight forward though, as “dentist fear” is also very common, which means a lot of people end up avoiding the treatment and causing further damage to their teeth.
Being fearful of the dentist usually comes from childhood, where the screeching sound of the drill and a bad experience while having a tooth pulled out will have created feelings of dread and apprehension.
If you are scared of having a root canal and you really want to overcome your fear of the dentist, then the following information will help you. Let’s get straight to it…
Find a dentist you can trust
The first step in easing your dentist fear is to find a dentist that you can trust. Typically, the vast majority of dentists out there are warm and friendly, although it only takes one experience with a bad dentist to put most people off going for life.
Fortunately, no matter where you live there should be many dentists in your local area, which means you have the luxury of trying out a few before you find one that you can trust.
Having trust between a dentist and a patient is extremely important, and it will make you feel more confident about having treatments such as a root canal.
Try relaxation techniques
Another way to overcome your fear of the dentist is to try various relaxation techniques. When done on a regular basis, relaxation techniques help to relieve stress and tension from the body while at the same time giving you peace of mind no matter what is going on.
You might want to try techniques such as mediation or Reiki music first thing in the morning or just before you go to sleep at night. Only 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference, and in no time at all you might even be looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Make your appointment in the morning
A nice little trick for people who are having a root canal and not looking forward to it is to make the appointment first thing in the morning. The reason? Because this gives you less time to think about it, and instead you have no choice but to just get up and do it.
As a general rule of thumb, the more time you sit around thinking on the day of your root canal, the more chance you will lose your nerve and cancel the appointment
Go with a family member or friend
When you are fearful of the dentist there is nothing worse than going on your own. For this reason, why not ask a family member or friend to go with you? Not only will they be able to sit with you in the waiting room and offer support, but they can also sit with you while you are having the root canal, which is always comforting when you are fearful and tense.