Are you scared of going to the dentist? You’re not alone, approximate 36% of the population suffers from anxiety or fear of going to the dentist. Let’s explore what dental phobia is, common fears, and tips for overcoming those fears.
What is Dental Phobia?
The technical term for people who fear of the dentist is Detophobia. People who have this phobia feel anxiety when going to Dennis or even thinking about going to the dentist. Negative experiences, known issues with relatives or loved ones, or even a feeling of no control can lead to Dentophobia.
The following is a list of the most common Dental fears:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of loud noises
- Fear of dental equipment
- Fear of needles
- Poor gag reflex
- Fear of cost
How Does Dental Fear Affect your Health?
When you’re scared of something you tend to avoid it at all costs. By avoiding going to the dentist for preventative care and maintenance can lead to some serious health issues. These health issues can include the following:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Dental pain
Tips for Overcoming the Fear
The first step to overcoming your fear of the dentist is to identify what you’re actually afraid of. It could be as simple as the fear of pain, or a past experience that led you to fearing the dentist. Examine your fear and naming it is the first step to overcoming.
- Find a dentist that makes you feel comfortable. Check out reviews for dentists to see how other people’s experiences were. Set up an appointment where you can just talk to the dentist without having to have any work done or your first meeting.
- Bring a buddy. Ask a loved one or a friend to accompany you to the dentist. Having support nearby can help ease your anxiety.
- Try meditation and/or breathing techniques. Calming and centering yourself before you go to the dentist will help you focus in the moment and calm your overall anxiety.
- Tell your dentist. Let your dentist know about your fears. Ask all the questions you need to before they begin their work. Your dentist can offer you solutions such as nitrous oxide or other sedative options to relieve your fear of pain.
Your dentist will understand your fears and help ease them with simple explanations and options. Take the leap and schedule your appointment today. Your teeth will thank you for it.