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Steps To Take To Overcome The Fear Of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, or your dentist recommends you have them removed for another reason, you may experience some fear or anxiety about the procedure. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to overcome this fear and be on your way to optimum oral health. 

Get Rid of the Unknown

A majority of individuals fear wisdom teeth removal simply because it is an unknown procedure. Taking the time to meet with the dentist ahead of time so that he can explain the procedure in detail may be all you need to feel more comfortable. Be prepared to ask as many questions as you need in order to fully understand everything from the preparation to the surgery to what you can expect when you get back home. 

Consider Getting Anesthesia

If it is the thought of watching the oral surgeon remove a tooth from your mouth that is causing you fear, ask about getting put to sleep. Generally, this costs a bit more, but you won't see or feel a thing. Some insurances will even pay for the anesthesia if you get pre-approval. The surgeon will also numb the area so that you'll have time to get home and get comfortable before needing to take a little pain medication. 

Bring a Parent or Close Friend

There's no reason you have to get your wisdom teeth extracted alone. A parent or close friend can stay by your side and give you the encouragement you need. He or she may be a sense of calm for you, and sometimes it helps just to know someone cares enough to be there. 

Prepare a Reward

Since you'll need a day or two to recover from your wisdom teeth removal, why not prepare a reward to enjoy once the surgery is over? Head to the store and pick out a new movie and then grab a gallon of your favorite ice cream. Focus on the reward the day of the surgery instead of the surgery itself. That will give you hope and something to look forward to, which will aid you in overcoming your fear. 

If you find that you are having trouble overcoming the fear on your own, schedule an appointment with a professional counselor. In addition to being able to get to the root of the fear, he or she may have some relaxation techniques and breathing tips that will help. 

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