Fear of dental treatment or dental phobia is relatively high in the hierarchy of human fears. Perhaps no medical action is causing so much negative emotions and phobias as this one.
Many need only to hear about the dentist in a conversation, and the mood of such people will be permanently spoiled for the whole day.
Currently, the fear of dental procedures should go back in time due to modern methods of pain relief, new technology in treatment (using lasers) and dental implants.
Nevertheless, fear of dentist continues to be one of the most powerful of human fears.
This fear has acquired its forms among our fellow citizens – it means unbearable waiting in line in front of the dentist’s office in the clinic, dental implants, comparable in difficulty and intensity with climbing on Mount Everest, especially if the result was very different from the expected one.
And what about the stories of friends and relatives about the inhuman suffering they had to endure sitting in a dentist’s chair? In general, there are lots of examples.
What is the cause of fear of visiting the dentist?
Fear of dentist or dentophobia and dentist phobia – they are based primarily on personal experiences of people during previous visits to the dentist, especially if these visits were associated with painful manipulation in the treatment or removal of teeth.
Sometimes in literature the dental pain is compared with headache, noting the kind of emotional states of such processes. The proximity of vital organs – brain, organs of sight – makes the head and tooth pain especially important for self-preservation instinct of a man.
In addition, tooth pain is very different from all other types of pain; by its nature, it has a special strength and force. Many psychologists believe that this feature of dental pain is the reason for such a strong fear of dental treatment.
Fear of the dentist can be “planted” by your parents, scaring child with painful dental procedures and scary dentist. This is done by the parents unwittingly, but childish fear remains at a deep subconscious level and is often difficult to correct.
However, there comes a time when tooth pain becomes so unbearable that the patient overcomes his fear of the dentist and asks for help, hoping to reduce the pain. It is clear that to help this patient will still be a little harder than if he came in a very early stage of illness.
How to overcome the fear of dentist?
First of all, you need to understand well that all the advances in modern dentistry are focused just on how to make all dental procedures painless. Modern technologies of dental treatment and pain relief drugs allow making any dental procedure quickly and painlessly.
In a modern dental clinic all is aimed at helping the patient overcome mental discomfort before visiting the dentist.
You are spared from the queue and expectations – you just make an appointment at a convenient time for you. Forget the horror stories of friends and relatives – they have last visited a dentist for twenty years ago.
Take a break from the emotional experiences and listen to the voice of your mind, telling you that there is no need to fear the dentist.