Overcoming Your Fear Of The Dentist

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The most common fears of going to a dentist include the fear of injections and other pain and dental office sounds. Other phobias include a sense of not being in control, a sense of being smothered by having their comfort zone invaded, or even embarrassment of dental conditions.

The dentist should first realize that a fear often stems from past experiences, perhaps as a child, and in the case of adults, is difficult to overcome. Naturally, anxiety of injections, reactions to dental office smells and sounds, feelings of lost control and the intimacy of the treatment area are stressors to most all patients in varying degrees.

Some people think that others' fears are amusing, but a surgeon no more wants surgery than they want to have a crown put on. Though logically the patient knows all will work out, they still feel queasy in the chair.

Still, there is so much we can do to minimize fears and anxiety in most cases. There are a number of medications taken by mouth or intravenously that are safe and effective by trained professionals in extreme anxiety cases.

There may be increased cost to the patient but often times it can be worth it. There is always nitrous oxide gas, which is safe and also effective, except in extreme cases of anxiety.

Fear of injections is at the top of the list of fears and phobias for most patients. Once a doctor helps a patient overcome that anxiety, most of the other things take care of themselves.

If the doctor uses topical anesthesia application properly, goes slowly, and uses smaller caliber needles when possible, there should not really any pain with injections. Professionals can also use infiltration methods that block injections when feasible, and mepivacaine; which is less acidic and less painful when followed by stronger anesthetics.

Also, by speaking in calming and sincere tones, most patients have virtually no discomfort and soon overcome most injection fears. Giving an injection is no time to be in a hurry.

Eliminating distasteful sounds is often a problem, but they be can minimized. Some of the newer dental hand pieces are very quiet. Many offices have a TV and a water fountain in the reception area.

Most patients prefer the TV off and consider the trickling water sounds more soothing. Televisions in treatment rooms, which can also be used in conjunction with an intraoral camera and video education, are common today.

The use of headphones, where patients can listen to music of choice, is also gaining popularity. Calming color combinations, artwork depicting serene scenes and large windows to reduce the feeling of confinement are also important treatment room additions.

Obviously, if a person has an anxiety of dentists, they should minimize the need for anything but routine dental visits by practicing good oral hygiene. A person cannot drink numerous sugar flavored soft drinks or sports drinks, chew gum, suck on mints containing sugar, not brush or floss, fail to use fluoride and then be surprised if they have dental problems.

Regular dental cleanings can help catch small problems before they become big problems. Notwithstanding, if one has a problem and must see the dentist, they want to practice a little positive psychology.

If one has had a negative dental experience in the past, be aware that much has changed in dentistry in a short time. New and older doctors are using more modern equipment, better materials and up-to-date methods to ensure better patient comfort.

Secondly, patients who presently do not have a dentist and need to find one should ask around for referrals and be prepared to ask any potential specific questions. Thirdly, for those who currently have a regular dentist, inform them of your anxieties.

Do not expect them to know that you have a fear of the dentist. Most doctors will try hard to be kind, caring, gentle and painless.

Fourth, if a patient considers their dental anxieties beyond normal help, they should not hesitate to ask for a referral to someone who can administer conscious or IV sedation or uses nitrous oxide, if their dentist is not trained in these areas. Fifth, patients should never self-medicate prior to dental treatment without informing their doctor.
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Ignacio Lopez has been working as an Oral Surgeon since 1985. He has written several articles about oral health throughout his life. He recommends Dental Implants Utah for all your oral needs.

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    - 2010/11/19 18:36:30 pm

    Yes this is mainly the problem with the patients that they feel fear in their mind while going to the dentist. But we should try to remove this fear from our mind and always choose the well experienced dentist for you.Moreover there are so much new techniques which have been introduced in this field which results into painless and safe dentistry.

This article was published on 2010/11/19