Dealing with the noise
Even a simple dental cleaning can put a phobia patient off, because of the noise made by the dental cleaning equipment. There is a specific whirr, scrape and buzzing that the patients hear and only that can already bring about even more intense fears.
The entire process will be even more intensified when the dentist uses the drill to prepare a tooth for a cavity filling. A good solution would be to bring your music player with headphones to your appointments.
This way, you can listen to our preferred music while going through a dental treatment and you will become more relaxed. You can’t hear the noises, and the intensity of any potential discomfort will also be reduced considerably. Let the music play and get those required dental treatments.
The dental tools stress
Indeed, all those sharp, edgy, clinking tools that you can see in front of you can intensify your phobia even more. Good dentists, who know how to handle a person with dental phobia will first explain the patient what each instrument will be used for and how it typically works.
This should “take away” from the intensity of your fear, and you will not be so reluctant about getting that needed dental treatment. Don’t be alarmed when the dentist is switching his tools…just ask him before hand to talk to you while he switches them and explain the next step in the procedure.
The same goes for the dental procedures. If you are about to go through a procedure that you never experienced before, ask the dentist to explain to you in detail what will happen during that procedure. This way, you can actually anticipate his next move and you will be more relaxed knowing what comes next.
Bad dental experiences
Quite a big percentage of phobia dentists became phobic because of a past traumatic experience at the dentist (such as going through an extraction where the patient was not completely numb).
These traumatic experiences seem to stay with you forever, and you have huge anxiety issues when you need to visit the dentist maybe for the same exact type of procedure for which you suffered in the past.
Dentistry is nowadays an extremely modern health branch, and patients can even be put under anesthesia when going through more complex dental procedures. Dental sedation is a great help nowadays, especially for patients with anxiety and phobia.
There are three types of dental sedation available: oral, intra-venous and inhalation sedation (“laughing gas” sedation). Talk to your dentist about which option would be most suitable in your case.