Fears or worries are different for everyone, with some people being scared of flying and some having phobias of spiders, there is literally no end to the list of things that people can be scared about or worried by. Some phobias and fears are much worse than others, but when it comes to going to the dentist, this can also be a worry for some people.
The fear of going to the dentist can sometimes occur due to a bad experience or it can just be something that you are worried about or have a fear of, for no explained reason. Just like any fears or phobias, there are different levels of fear when it comes to going to the dentist, with some people just feeling worried or anxious before the visit right the way the through to people who actually cannot get into the dentist chair no matter what.
One of the first things you need to do is identify why you have this fear of going to the dentist.
There are many possible reasons, including:
- A previous bad experience
- Worries about general medical procedures
- The simple worry of the unknown
There are many possibilities and scenarios when it comes to being scared of something, sometimes explained but quite often the fear is there for no particular reason. For example, most people who are scared of flying have never been involved in a plane crash, but the thought of crashing or the thought of being thousands of miles above the ground is enough to make them scared, worried and anxious.
There are however lots of things that you can do to overcome your fears or at least make going to the dentist easier and a bit less worrying.
The first thing you need to do is find a dentist that you trust. You can go and meet your dentist before you have any checkups or any work carried out because many good dentists will welcome you to come and meet them and see the practice to put your mind at rest.
Communication with your dentist is crucial if you want to overcome your worries, because only if you tell your dentist that you are scared or have some kind of phobia about going to the dentist can they really help you to confront these issues and slowly begin to deal with them. Like anything, if you do not let them know about the fact you are worried or what has caused this fear, then they cannot do anything to try and help you deal with it.
If you’re worried about the pain then you can arrange with the dentist to have some pain relief and you can also ease your worries by finding out more about any procedure you might be having well in advance of you actually having it carried out.
There are also a range of relaxation techniques that you can try to help to put an end to your phobia, with hypnotherapy another possible option if your fear is so severe that it is stopping you from actually going to the dentist. You are not alone when it comes to being worried or scared of going to the dentist, but it is important to realise that there are things that you can do to not always stop your fears but to at least manage them to allow you to go to the dentist.