What’s the best way to deal with dental anxiety?
The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. If he knows your fears, he can try to make you less anxious. If he doesn't take your fear seriously, find another dentist.
Ask him to explain what's happening at every stage of the procedure so you can mentally prepare for what's next. You can also use a signal -- such as raising your hand -- when you want the dentist to stop. Use it when you’re uncomfortable, or you need to rinse your mouth or catch your breath.
From: Easing Dental Fear in Adults WebMD Medical Reference
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