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Are You Afraid of Dentists? Here are Some Tips to Get Over Your Fear

Lifestyle

There are more than a dozen reasons why we are taught to observe oral hygiene and take better care of our teeth from a very tender age. Perhaps the biggest of all reasons is that your teeth, tongue, and gums play a huge role in your nutritional health. When your dental or oral health is wanting, bad things happen. Apart from affecting your smile, physical attractiveness, and self-confidence, poor oral health may also dictate what you can and can't eat.

Needless to mention, this is why we are advised to take at least one or two dental checkup visits each year. But many individuals frown at the sight of a dentist's office, even when they just accompanied a friend or relative to get a procedure. Some people may even choose to stay with an aching tooth as long as they can to avoid the tooth guy's tools. If this sounds anything like you, you are looking at the right page. Here are some tips to get over your fear of dentists.

Finding the Right Dentist

In all aspects of life, you have to find comfort to enjoy a company, product, or service. In the health sector, time is money, and it is most dentists' wish to attend to as many patients as possible as they strive to secure that bag and pay their bills. In this case, falling for any dentist that comes your way may not be the best decision to help you overcome your fear.

The high costs often associated with dental procedures make matters worse for those whose health insurance policies don't cover dental procedures. When seeking dental implants, patients usually have to part with more than is offered by their health insurance provider. The good thing is that medical insurance plans that cover cosmetic dentistry procedures are widely available these days, and many dentists accept them.

With your anxiety or phobia, you will need a dentist who understands your situation and is willing to take you through it with all the comfort. In some cases, however, you may have to seek recommendations from an experienced doctor who will put you at ease and accommodate your fears while attending to your oral health. You may want to book an appointment and talk about what's causing your fear or anxiety.

Exposure Therapy

It is said that the only way to deal with fear is to face it. That is what this therapy is all about. It is done by making random visits to the dentist's office, not for extraction, but to kill your fear. You can start by getting the right toothbrush and toothpaste. On your next visit, you can get an oral examination, and then proceed to take a dental X-ray, and so forth. These visits will help you familiarize yourself with the dentist's office as you kill your inner fear.

Over time, you may gain the courage to undergo a procedure without having to be shackled for it to happen. Most people with any phobia start small, and within no time of facing their fears head-on, it's all gone! Frequenting the fear factor softens the fear feeling, and you start getting used to the environment. You get used to the dentist and his tools, which provide gradual healing. In other words, it's all about getting used to the guy in the white coat, drills, and tools that give you goosebumps.

Medication

In a dentist's office, the tools, lighting, and the thought of a needle in your mouth may sum up to a nightmare. However, you could be in extreme pain and you need a tooth extraction, but your fear will not allow this to happen. If your dental anxiety is extreme, the medical professional may administer some medications to help fight your anxiety. On top of this, the medical doctor may ask to use sedation medication during your procedure. Often local anesthetics, these medications may help reduce fear or phobia by making the procedure painless.

More Tips to Overcome Dentist Fear

Many people end up putting their oral health in jeopardy because they fear the dentist's office. In addition to the ones mentioned above, other measures you can take to overcome these fears include:

  • Ask a friend accompany you to the dentist
  • A pair of headphones will distract you with soothing music
  • Ask the dentist to give you a break when you start to feel uncomfortable
  • Frequent your dental visits to establish a stable relationship with your dentist

Dentist phobia is a common challenge for people from all corners of the globe, especially the younger generation. However, it occurs in some individuals more than others. It is also managed through self-help, professional approaches, and social support. Overcoming the fear of dentists is easier with the above pointers in mind. Practice these and you will be smiling all the way to work bank, state.

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Culture

Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.