Dealing With Dental Phobia: Common Fears and How to Handle Them

Almost no one thinks of dental cleaning with love or enthusiasm, but the prospect of seeing a dentist is so terrifying for 10-15 percent of Americans that they can’t bring themselves to do it on a regular basis. Dental anxiety is so serious in some people that it becomes a phobia, an extreme, unreasonable fear or dread attached to the thought of sitting in the chair of a dentist. The ironic thing is that, whatever the cause, the longer you are away from the dentist, the more likely you are to develop conditions that need more extensive care than routine inspection and cleaning. Sedation Dentistry-Dental Anesthesia Associates, LLC. Dr. Arthur Thurm has some nice tips on this.
A big step in conquering the dental anxieties is finding out just what you’re afraid of. Below are a few of the more popular stressors for dental patients, and some tips for lessening the fear you may feel so that you can get in the habit of making daily dental appointments.
Noise
It can be a noisy affair for dental cleaning; there is a lot of machinery to buzz, whir, scratch and swish. The noise of dental instruments against their teeth sets off a fear reaction for some people, and it’s understandable—a there’s foreign object in your mouth making loud noises, a rather personal place. Bringing headphones and a personal music player to your appointment is a successful option. You should also let your dentist know that you appear to be startled by some of the sounds in dental equipment, and ask him or her to let you know before he or she begins using something especially loud.
Dental Instruments
The sight of a tray full of sharp, shiny, unknown objects can be very stressful for anyone with dental phobia, and knowing those mysterious objects are about to be used on your teeth is even worse. By giving you a brief explanation of what each tool is used for, your dentist can be able to help ease these fears. You may even ask them to let you know when resources are being switched, and to show you what they’re going to use so that you’re not alarmed.
Lack of understanding about the procedure
This particularly applies to those who haven’t been to a dentist in some time. It’s no wonder you’re having a hard time scheduling your next appointment if it’s been so long since your last checkup that you just have hazy memories of being scared and uncomfortable. Before getting started, a fairly simple approach is to ask your dentist what your test and checkup would entail. He or she will describe to you the different aspects of the process and answer any unique worries you might have.