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Most Americans who have been skipping trips to the dentist have been doing so because they do not have dental insurance. These individuals should look into discount dental plans, which can help them gain access to affordable dental care. However, some individuals avoid the dentist out of fear or embarrassment. Recently, WorlDental.com published an article offering some tips on how to overcome these issues.
According to the news source, an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. population is afraid of the dentist. The information provider recommended that people bring a friend or family member to their appointment, someone who will help calm them down. The website also suggested bringing along distractions.
"Take an MP3 or MP4 player or any other gadget with you, don’t forget to upload your favorite music, and tell your dentist that listening to music will help you relax. It is a method which has worked out well for plenty of patients struggling with dental phobia," according to the news source.
WebMD recommends that people who are afraid of the dentist talk to their dental health professional about sedation options, such as laughing gas, which may help calm them. Also, individuals should try relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation before going to the dentist to alleviate their fears.
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