The fear of the dentist is called dentophobia. Fear is more like if you dislike something and want to avoid or ignore it at any cost. In contrast, a phobia is more extreme, leading to anxiety or even panic attacks, interfering with daily life. People with this fear become anxious if they think about the visit or when they visit the dentist. It usually stems from bad experiences, family history, or worrying too much about oral health can also trigger many emotions, one of which is fear. Dental health is as essential as a person’s physical or mental well-being. So, there is no chance of ignoring dental health at any cost, irrespective of any extreme fear. Be it regular check-ups or cleaning visits, nothing must stop you from dental care. There is always a way to go about things and deal, so it benefits you overall.
While growing up, if the dentist used tools that caused pain and discomfort or the clinic was less empathetic toward the condition, the experience lives forever. It can be hard to forget that dreadful day or overall experience. Some fear the noises that tools create, bringing out some of the patients’ worst fears. The best way to overcome any mild feelings is by visiting the dentist and continuing with treatment. However, you may be sedated for primary dental treatment, so you are not awake during the procedure. But if it is a bigger anxiety problem, it requires more help and support.
- Heart rate increases
It is a good idea to schedule an appointment in the morning as later in the day, it may be busy with too many noises from tools, causing more anxiety.
- Try some deep breathing or meditation; it may help.
- Visit the dentist along with a loved one.
- You may bring headphones to avoid all the noise.
- Distract yourself while you are being examined.
- Being open about your feelings will help develop an understanding of your situation, and the dentist can calmly explain any situation.
We understand the very thought of visiting the dentist can be overwhelming. Then the treatment is a lot to deal with. Honestly, mild fears can be faced by dealing with the situation itself, as without facing them, you will not be able to work on yourself. It is good to build an understanding and trust that will ease your fear and allow you to be more comfortable during the visit. If this sounds familiar, schedule an appointment with Foothill Dental Care as we understand and can help make you feel more comfortable.