Many people feel anxious about going to the dentist and for some that develops into a full-blown phobia, which can be detrimental to dental health.
In the past that fear was understandable - the thought of having teeth pulled with no anaesthetic is enough to make anyone nervous.
However, those days are now long gone. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that the many advances in diagnosis and treatment make a visit to the dentist an increasingly comfortable affair.
It spoke to HealthDay News and provided a number of hints and tips for conquering dental anxiety.
Firstly, the organization notes that a problem shared is a problem halved. It recommends that people inform their dentist if they are tense or nervous so that they can adapt the treatment to the patient's needs.
In addition, the ADA suggests that people choose a time for a dental visit when they are not rushed or under pressure.
For many it is the sound of a dental drill that bothers them, so the association suggests bringing a portable music player to drown it out.
Research has found that 30 to 50 per cent of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear, with some living with pain for years before venturing to the dental surgery, dBusinessnews reported.
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