Dental Phobia: Overcoming Fear of Dentists
Maybe you have some nightmares of past dentistry procedures or your childhood dentist was just plain scary. Whatever the case, you’re not alone. Approximately 40 million people avoid the dentist because of dental phobia. This can cause a major problem if you run into dental complications.
At Britannia Medical Center,-The Enclave we understand that many people do have dental phobias, making regular appointments difficult. No matter the age, we help tend to every patient and ensure a pain-free dental experience. Our objective is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, so you’ll have less fear and anxiety for your next visit.
Common Dental Phobia Fears
There are a number of fears people with dental phobia experience and first and foremost it is important to address those issues and shed some light on them. We found some common fears and easy solutions!
- Many experience the fear of pain. The mouth is an area that is protected and unexposed to outside factors. So, a dentist working in that area might seem invasive and unnerving to the patient.
- Sometimes people are embarrassed by the condition of their teeth and are too afraid to address the issue.
- Often times, people are uncomfortable with keeping their mouth open for an extended period of time, which produces the fear of loss of control and helplessness.
- Not all dentists are friendly. Some patients have had bad experiences with dentists because some don’t take their dental phobia seriously. Not only can these dentists cause pain, but they can come across as unfriendly. (Don’t worry, our dentists have the best personalities!)
- Some people have a fear of the dentist due to listening to others who fear the dentist. Dental phobia can be caused vicariously through someone that influences another. A child might hear scary stories of the dentist through a parent which intimidates the child to visit the dentist.
Overcoming Dental Phobia
Dental phobia is a psychological anxiety, so changing the way you think or the way you feel can drastically reduce the severity of your phobia.
- First, choose a dentist that’s right for you and understands your dental phobia. At Britannia Medical Center-The Enclave, our dentists and staff take this into concern and help you gain comfort and confidence. We can also introduce you to our state-of-the-art technology that provides pain-free and nonintrusive dentistry.
- Identify your fears and weigh them out. Are these fears unrealistic or realistic? What type of treatment options are available to suit your needs? Also communicate with your dentist first, so they can create a plan that’s right for you.
- Seek help. You are not the only one to suffer from dental phobia. So, researching help online or seeking advice from doctors and psychologists can ease your anxiety.
- Before a dental appointment, eating high-protein foods can help calm you. You don’t want anything with sugar or caffeine because that can make you feel a bit jumpy. Also take deep breaths and practice relaxation.