There are many fears in the world today, spiders, heights and even clowns to name just a few, but one of the biggest fears people have is odontophobia or dentophobia which is the fear of dentistry. Dental anxiety affects many people with experts estimating that some 70 to 80 percent of the adult population have experienced some sort of dental fear and as much as 10 percent of the adult population fear the dentist so much that they will do everything in their power to avoid a visit to the dentist at all.
But what causes so much fear about dentists? There can be several reasons why people feel threatened when the dentist calls to remind you of you 6 month check-up. These can include direct experiences, direct experiences is more than likely the most common of dental phobias, with most people reporting that there fear came from a traumatic or painful dental experience in the past, then there are indirect experiences where as people fear the dentist after listening to other peoples horror stories about a trip to the dentist. Dental fear may also come about as a result of a terrible experience in a non-dental environment, such as a traumatic time in a hospital, which causes a fear of all clinical situations, even down to a doctors white coat or the smell of antiseptics, this is why most dentists nowadays choose to wear less threatening clothing.
But fear no more, dentists have changed considerably over the years, they are more advanced and comfortable than they have ever been in the past, With advanced technology at their disposal means things like the dreaded dentist drill are quieter, the dental techniques your dentist uses are less intrusive and even the dental practice its self-feels more warm and welcoming.
But if you do still fear a visit to the dentist there are a few things you can do to make it better.
1) Let your dentist know you have a fear of dentist, this way you can work through a treatment plan together of which your both comfortable to proceed.
2) Take a friend along to the appointment with you for encouragement.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for a local anaesthetic, this way you won’t feel anything.
4) But most important TRUST your dentist.
About dentists near Croydon
We are committed to providing the best possible service and care tailored to your individual needs, we do this by getting to know you properly and understanding what you want to achieve so we can fully meet your expectations.
Keppel Advanced Dentistry
I Cedar Rd