What Is Dental Phobia?

It is completely understandable that some people have a general fear of the dentist. This fear can be caused by several underlying experiences, including but not limited to:

  • Prior bad experience at the dentist

  • Dislike of needles and dental equipment

  • The anticipation of pain

  • A fear of giving up control

  • Self-consciousness about one’s appearance

Dental phobia is when these experiences and feelings cause extreme anxiety that can seem unfounded.

For people who suffer from this phobia, the mere thought of setting foot inside a dentist’s office can be a major trigger. In the past, dental procedures focused more on treating the symptoms and causes, but not on the emotional needs of the patient.

Fortunately, today, this is no longer the case when you find a dentist that offers threat-free dentistry services. The goal of this type of dentist is to learn more about their patients, their fears, their concerns, and what they can do to help.

How to Overcome a Fear of the Dentist

The solution to helping a person overcome their anxiety and phobia of dentists is to work with them on how to put them at ease and make them feel comfortable. To achieve this goal, it is vital to put control of dental procedures into the person’s hands to help build trust and establish a relationship where the person is more at ease.

The first and most vital step is to start with a consultation before starting any cosmetic dental treatment or service. During your consultation, it is important to share your feelings, concerns, and other such things that make you anxious and afraid.

By doing so, your dentist can help alleviate your concerns by sharing details about what technological advances there have been, how they can help make you feel at ease, and what procedures would be best to help you achieve a beautiful-looking smile.

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we cater to people that have dental anxieties and dental phobias, with our threat-free dentistry services. We will work with you slowly and gradually to ensure you are comfortable and at ease. Please call us at (212) 758-1838 to schedule a consultation appointment today.