There are many reasons you could be afraid of the dentist. But did you know that people fearful of the dentist weren’t born afraid? Fear of the dentist is hugely common; in fact, 53% of the UK population admit to being anxious at some level about visiting the dentist.
So, how do you become un-scared of the dentist when so many people around you are? It’s no mean feat, but it’s possible.
Why So Scared?
Your fear could stem from several things. A patient’s most common worries derive from things like fear of the drill, the fear of dental equipment, fear of lacking control, and a fear of pain, among other things.
Let’s take a look at the most common fears relating to dentistry and ways you can oust them for good.
Fear of the Drill
Fearing the drill is super common. People can fear the drill because they associate it with pain. But there is a way around this mindset without compromising your oral health.
As well as potentially having an anaesthetic, you can listen to music while you’re in the dentist’s chair. Simply pop in your headphones and say goodbye to that anxiety-triggering sound.
Lack of Control
This is an entirely understandable fear and is again very common. Part of a dentist’s responsibility while treating you is to keep you informed. So, ask as many questions as you like!
Asking questions is the best way to understand what’s happening when it’s happening. It should give you a better understanding and hopefully make you feel in control a little more. You can also contact the clinic before your appointment and ask any questions to ease your mind building up to your treatment.
Fear of Dental Equipment
This can be tricky to get around, but it’s not impossible. You should talk about this specific fear with your dentist as they can sometimes recommend alternatives like IV Sedation to help you through your appointment.
Fear of Pain
This is something that’s frequently associated with dentists. But, the truth is, it doesn’t have to hurt, especially when you have a caring dentist who talks you through every step of the way.
Discomfort is normal, and dentists don’t mind discussing your treatment with them before anything happens. That’s why you should always talk to your dentist to make sure you feel comfortable and informed about any anaesthetic or sedation available to you.
Contact Woodborough House today if you need a dentist who understands how you feel and can treat you gently and professionally. At Woodborough House, we’re lucky to have a Dental Phobia Certified dentist as well as other state-of-the-art methods to help nervous patients through their appointments. Call us now.
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