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Pop star Iggy Azalea's embarrassing confession has others wondering if it could happen to them. The diva admitted on Twitter that she wet herself while sedated at the dentist’s office! Is this one more reason to be scared of going to – and maybe going at – the dentist’s office!?
“It hasn’t happened to me, but it does happen,” says Dentist Dr. Chris Strandburg. “The medicines they use to sedate you can make you REALLY relaxed!”
His suggestion for patients who are nervous about staying dry – if you’ll be having anesthesia, limit what you eat and drink before your appointment.
And for patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist in general, Dr. Strandburg has some more helpful tips:
• Break the fear cycle! When you step in the door, admit you’re nervous and ask the receptionist to make it an easy visit. Meet the dentist and get comfortable.
• Dr. Strandburg says that starting with an easy procedure like a simple filling can get many patients over their dental fear.
• If all else fails, anesthesia is an option! Just make sure to make a bathroom stop before climbing in the chair.
ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene can actually reduce your risk for inflammatory disorders, including heart disease -- it's especially important for diabetics and pregnant women. “If you’re afraid of this guy – don’t be!” he concludes.