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How to Overcome Your Fear of Going to the Dentist

It’s November 8th and suddenly your iPhone pings and the worst possible message pops up on the screen:
4 months and 13 days until your next Dental appointment.
How will you get through the rest of the day with news like that? The sheer terror begins pulsing through your veins.  Your teeth start sweating (is that possible?). Your ears start ringing in anticipation of the drill that is surely going to be used on your rotting teeth because you most likely have 7 cavities from eating that one piece of Halloween candy since your last visit. You can see it now: Dr. KillYourVibe puts on those rubber gloves one after the other that reek of latex and gives you a smile (with perfect teeth of course) that can only mean one thing: death is in your near future.  A *ding* so bright pops off his tooth and
Okay, so this may be a little bit dramatic.  But seriously, how many people do you meet that actually enjoy going to the Dentist?  Weirdly enough, I’m one of them.  Maybe it’s because I’m a mom of a 1 and 3 year old, but I actually consider getting my teeth cleaned a ‘mom’s day out’.  It’s a whole hour (or two if I’m lucky) where no one will need their butt wiped, no one will need their drink refilled for the 7th time, and maybe just maybe they will have a TV and I can watch something other than Frozen.  If it’s something that’s going to hurt, they’ll numb me right?  What can be so bad?

If you are one of the many people (unlike me) who are terrified of going to the Dentist, here are some simple ways to overcome your fears:

  1. Remember: They’re People Too.
    It may seem as if the Dentist is actually Freddy Krueger in disguise.  After all, who would actually like to play in people’s mouths and smell bad breath all day unless they really had an evil agenda, right?
    Wrong.  Dentists are people too!  He’s a dad, a friend, a brother, an uncle, and a son.  She’s a mom, daughter, niece, sister, and a cousin.  They have feelings too and they actually deeply care about your oral hygiene.  Probably more than anyone else. Take that and run with it.
  2. The Dental Office is a Public Establishment
    This is an actual physicians office governed by rules and laws, bound to follow specific protocols.  There is no way that they could actually get away with torturing you, let alone killing you and throwing you in the back dumpster.  This would be highly illegal activity and grounds for immediate license removal as well as decent prison time.  This is not how your story ends.  You do not die here.  Keep up the faith.
  3. Their Overall Goal is to Help You
    When you go to the Dentist, there is an actual goal to be obtained and it is a positive one.  The Dentist truly wants the best for you and your teeth, because that means he’s doing his job.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Dentist and his employees dream about at night, it’s this: you, living your best possible life, free of cavities and gingivitis.  If the Dentist’s goal was to end you, then he would lose a patient who’s teeth could be cleaned and flossed twice a year.  And what good would that do?  Rest assured, my friend, that by going to the Dentist’s office, not only will you live, but you will thrive