Some people are anxious, cannot sleep the night before the dental procedure, others cannot eat anything, others cannot concentrate on work on the day of the procedure… and then, there is dental phobia, which is a very amplified version of just “anxiety”.
According to some statistics, only about 50% of the British adults will go to the dentist for those regular checkups. A great deal of the anxiety or dental phobia in adulthood comes from a bad experience in the past with a dentist.
For example, a few decades ago, many patients have experienced dental extraction without proper anesthesia (too little anesthetic, improper anesthetic solutions, etc.).
That point in their lives has been a nightmare, so it is no wonder in adulthood they will do anything just to avoid the dental chair. Then, dental phobia springs from many other thoughts such as the fear of choking at the dentist, the common fear of the needles, or the fear of the dreaded drill.
You need to keep in mind that technology has evolved, and all dental fears can be wiped with a sponge.
There has been discovered the injection without pain, the possibility of listening to your favorite music during the procedure so that you cannot hear the drill, or sedation dentistry where you will not feel anything all throughout the treatment.
Just make sure to talk to your dentist, and always ask him for the best alternatives. Dentists know they are not the most loved doctors in the branch, and many offices are equipped with special technology to help patients do away with their anxiety or dental phobia.
Above all, make sure to choose a dentist to whom you can talk with ease, and who really answers all your questions related to your dental issues.
If you are not thrilled about your current dentist, search for another one.
You don’t have to stay with a dentist whom you don’t like. You need to feel somewhat comfortable in his chair, and feel that communication is going very well between the two of you.