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October 13 2010

Too Scared To Visit Your Dentist?

Do you calmly approach your next  appointment with your dentist  or are you a little nervous  about  your trip  to the dental office? Do you worry about it days or weeks  before the appointment? Are you someone  who is actually terrified about discomfort or pain you might experience and suffers extreme stress over it?

Do even those things that are supposed  to make visits more comfortable increase your apprehension or feeling of anxiety and being at the mercy of the doctor —like anti-anxiety medication, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or sedation , numbing the treatment area (injections, needles shots)? Whichever end of this spectrum you might be in, you may be relieved to know that you are part of a large group of people who feel that same way.  

Actually, having a little or even a lot of nervousness about dental visits is common. Some studies report that up to 75% of people surveyed have some degree of fear about dental visits. In addition, it appears that 10%-15% of people experience such a degree of fear that they refrain from seeking any dental treatment at all . These are people who have frequent dreams  about dental treatment. Some  will eat only soft foods because they are afraid they might chip a tooth and then need  emergency treatment by their local dentist .

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Consequently, these individuals endure all kinds of toothaches, infections and poor appearance for many years.

While dental fear can  lead to lack of dental care  , it can also have more wide reaching effects. For some, it affects their entire identity and self confidence  . They may see other people who don’t seem to have the same reactions to dental treatment and begin to feel that something is wrong with them. “Why can’t I do this thing that other people seem to do so easily?”

In fact, untreated oral conditions may result in even worse general health complications as time goes by, making it necessary to have serious future treatments such as those offered by a cosmetic dentist or implant dentist.  

So how can you get past your fears and worries?

The solution is to replace any negative experiences  you have had with good experiences .  For example:

1.      Let you dentist know about your fears . Sounds basic , but many  anxious patients never share this so the dentist has no chance  to do something about it .

2.      Choose a dentist who will take time  to listen to your fears in an accepting and non-judgemental way, and who will spend time talking to you about it . Establish a degree of trust and confidence. Ensure that the dentist understands your  not-so-unusual frame of mind and will act accordingly.

3.      Once you’ve approached him this way, your dentist will go out of his way to assure you that you’re in control of the situation at all times. Set up an agreement with your dentist  that you can take whatever time you need to in order to handle your fears. Proceed with only those treaments  that you can do with little or no fear . Don’t rush into something big and potentially intimidating before you’re ready. If you have to spread the procedure over several visits , most dentists will quite likely do whatever you’re comfortable with .

Finally, if after doing the above you’re still fearful , let your dentist know . Part of his professional training is understanding how to help you get past your fears. He may even have additional solutions that can  be sued successfully to alleviate your fears .  He might recommend sedation, for example, or gum numbing, or even newer techniques that practically eliminate any pain whatsoever–yes, even the needle prick should he give you an injection! .