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Laughing in the Face of Dental Fear May Ease Worries
If you're afraid of going to the dentist, optimism and humor might help ease your worries. About 50 percent of adults suffer some degree of dental fear and about 5 percent have severe dental fear. Even so, most people with dental fear go to the dentist regularly. So how to fight down your fear? These are five main methods used by the patients to fight dental fear:
• Using internal resources. For example, telling yourself you're strong enough to endure it, despite your fear.
• Self-distraction. For example, counting or singing to yourself or playing mental games with yourself to keep your mind off the dental treatment.
• Distancing. For example, telling yourself that the pain sensation feels like something else, such as numbness.
• Prayer.
• Optimism. For example, thinking ahead to when the treatment is over.
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To tell the truth the first four methods seem to be childish, I agree with Seagull in this respect, fear is fear and no moral suasion can be helpful here. What is more I think such "inventions" only agravate the situation and in the end you can't but think about dentists and of course "intolerable" pain)))))) Maybe the personality of your doctor can be a a good support. It doesn't obligatory presuppose friendly terms, no. But I'm sure that a pretty smiling Aesculapian won't certainly do any harm))))

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In fact, if you have a fear, you can't avoid it. And the only way out is just getting a grip.

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