Dentophobia, or fear of the dentist, is a common fear shared by children and adults alike. Children are often afraid of the dentist, and most adults tend to retain this irrational fear. However, this can be risky, especially with regards to your oral health. Without regular visits to the dentist, you might develop infections and cavities, and may suffer long-term damage. A large amount of the population tends to experience this fear, which leads to a large amount of the population not going to the dentist. However, there are a few solutions to this problem, which include talking to your dentist about your fears.
There are a variety of reasons as to why people are afraid of going to the dentist. One reason could be that an individual had a bad experience as a child, and is now averse to visiting the dentist again, out of residual childhood fears. Other people may not want to go to the dentist because they feel out of control of the situation. By being forced to lean back in a chair, they may feel trapped and anxious. Thus, people would rather stay in situations that allow them to retain control. Another reason could be that human beings have a natural desire to protect their wind pipes. Lying in that position with your mouth open can be an uncompromising position, and we may inherently feel averse to such situations. Many people have reported having bad dreams about dentists, and dread dental experiences due to nightmares. However, what most people forget is that dentists are there to help you, and to make sure that your mouth remains clean and hygienic, so that you have a stress-free life. Dentists are there to ensure that you feel comfortable with your mouth, and will help you in any situation.
One useful tip for those with dental fears is to simply talk to your dentist about it. By talking to your dentist about your fears, you can start a dialogue, and your dentist can try and accommodate your needs to ensure that you feel safe at all times. Another tip is to establish a ‘stop’ sign. If you are in the middle of a procedure and you begin to feel uncomfortable, it is dangerous to move your head around or try to speak. One way is to establish a ‘halt’ sign before the procedure starts, so you can alert your dentist when you feel uncomfortable. Another tip is to try and relax before your dentist appointment. Though this may sound silly, it becomes easier to deal with a dentist while you have a calm and clear mind. Talking to your dentist about your irrational fears, like whether the procedure would be painful or not, would help dispel any irrational anxieties you may have had.
Library District Dental is a dental clinic staffed with a host of competent and experienced dentists and nurses, all trained to ensure that you have a comfortable, calm, and healthy experience at the dental clinic.