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Monday, April 18, 2011

How to Minimize Your Fear of the Dentist


Many people suffer from dental anxiety, which causes their oral health to suffer. Because dental health is so important to overall wellbeing, people who fear the dentist must manage these feelings. The most effective way to minimize this anxiety is by finding a good dental plan, finding the right dentist, and creating a mutual trust and understanding patient/dentist relationship. Here are some tips for conquering your fear of the dentist in order to stay healthy and happy now and in the future.

·         Finding a good dental plan. Some people think they can’t afford medical and dental insurance, so they do not bother researching affordable options – dismissing the possibility of a discounted dental plan is a costly mistake for your health as well as your wallet. Without insurance, the cost of emergency dental work could be a financial nightmare. And, without the proper care, your teeth could affect your overall health including serious complications such as heart disease. Finding discounted dental coverage the first step in easing dental anxiety, so it is important to start here.

·         Finding the right dentist. It is a misconception that discounted dental coverage does not contain enough providers. In fact, there are affordable dental plans that contain thousands of providers to choose from, which means just about anyone can find the right dentist without traveling too far. Ask family and friends for recommendations and make a list of dentists in the area that they trust. Finding a patient and nurturing dentist is the best way to form a partnership that will ease past traumas and minimize dental anxiety in the future.


·         Creating a trusting relationship. After you have found an affordable dental plan and you have settled on a dentist you think you can trust, it is important to create a caring relationship in order to minimize your anxiety. The dentist must be willing to help without pushing the patient outside of their comfort level. At the same time, the patient must be willing to ask questions and understand the procedures because anxiety is reduced when they know exactly what to expect.

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2 Comments:

At October 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Blogger healthsouk said...

I’m a single mom and I have 2 kids who both needed dental braces. I make just enough to not qualify Medicaid services so I can’t get free dental and medical services for the kids. I had to pay over $4800 so that my child can have braces and a beautiful smile. . .She was very scared and timid at school. I couldn’t find anyone in Los Angeles who would do the braces at a normal price so I had to launch find it with free services like
http://www.healthsouk.com (HealthSouk- the dental discount plan or discounted dentistry) and www.1800dentist.com (800 dentist) The first one was free and the second apparently charges the dentist but not me.healthsouk
- Jenny Thomas

 
At November 30, 2011 at 3:22 AM , Blogger speacialist said...

I am looking for a good dental discount plan or dental insurance plan. I know about Carington and www.healthsouk.com (HealthSouk.com), but are there any others that are popular? Also, what is the different between these dental discount plans? Do they cover orthodontics?
healthsouk.com

 

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