Overcoming Dental Phobia

Overcoming Dental Phobia

Posted by Elan Dental on Jan 18 2022, 10:21 AM

Overcoming Dental Phobia

Dentophobia (or odontophobia), the fear of dentists, is seen in people of all ages. It can be mild or severe and can lead to serious health issues. Dental phobia is a serious issue and is mostly seen in women. 

Most people are afraid to visit a dentist, and sometimes when the fear is at an extreme level it is known as a dental phobia or dental anxiety. And while dental procedures are oftentimes pain-free, dental phobia inhibits people from visiting the dentist. 

Causes of Dental Phobia

Fear of Injections 

The fear of injections is the main cause of dental phobia. People are afraid that the needles would cause pain, especially in administering anesthesia. This is actually injected to mask any pain while doing medical procedures. 

Fear of Pain

Past dental experiences that were painful and unpleasant can also be a reason for dental phobia. Dental experiences heard from friends, family, or relatives can inflict fear in an individual. Due to the many advancements in dentistry today, most dental procedures are not painful. 

Fear of Anesthetic Side Effects

Some people are afraid of the side effects that come with anesthesia. Side effects include dizziness, nausea, and fainting.

How to Overcome Dental Phobia 

Speak With Your Dentist

Speak with your dentist about your worries and anxieties. Share with them your past unpleasant experiences and ask them to suggest coping strategies to help ease your anxiety. 

Explain to your dentist about your dentophobia. Develop a good rapport with your dentist in the initial appointment.  

Deep-Breathing Exercises 

Meditation and deep-breathing techniques help you to stay calm and relax the tension in your muscles. Begin by inhaling and exhaling slowly to relax your muscles. 

Keep Your Mind Distracted 

Try keeping your mind distracted and imagine the things that make you happy. Or try squeezing a stress ball. These tricks will help to reduce your anxieties to some extent. 

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy means visiting the dentist with gradually increasing engagement. Start by making small visits to your dentist. And then gradually grow your visits by doing partial exams and check-ups. When you’re comfortable with a full appointment, let your dentist know you’re ready for it.

This type of psychotherapy is among the most effective solutions for dentophobia. 

For gentle care that you very well deserve, contact Elan Dental, 310 Suite a S Main St, Rolesville, NC 27571 at (919) 556-6761. Schedule an appointment online and feel free to visit us during our business hours.

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