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How To Beat Fear Of Dentist?

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Dr. Arunima Chandra 92% (416 ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore  •  5 years experience
How To Beat Fear Of Dentist?

There are very few people who wish to sit in front of a dentist for a check-up. They would rather avoid having an encounter with a dentist but circumstances force them to do otherwise. A serious level of anxiety prevents millions of people from seeking appropriate preventive care. The results of this problem might go well beyond dental pain or even lost teeth. Gum problem is a serious kind of infection, which can adversely affect even other parts of the body.
Now before we discuss the possible tips regarding how to beat the fear of the dentist, let us discuss the signs and symptoms as well as the causes behind this fear.

Signs And Symptoms Of Fear - 
Dental phobia is considered as a more serious condition than anxiety. The usual signs and symptoms of fear of dentist include:

  • Disturbed sleep as numerous thoughts emerges on the minds of the patients with regard to his or her meeting with the dentist.
  • A feeling of nervousness tends to rise while patients wait in the dental clinic's waiting room
  • Some people, especially young boys, and girls can even cry out of fear
  • People can even fall physically ill at the thought of visiting the dentist

Causes Behind Dental Phobia -
The fear of the dentist for individuals is not something unnatural in nature. There are a number of reasons why people tend to fear the dentist. They include:

  • One of the main reasons behind the fear is due to the pain that people need to come across whenever the dentist carries out any sort of dental examination.
  • Fear of injections is another very common reason why people fear the dentist. Some people are absolutely terrified by the thought of needles getting inserted into their mouth. Apart from this, they also fear if the anesthesia fails to take effect.
  • People even fear about the side-effects of anesthesia including dizziness, getting faint and nausea.
  • Feeling of embarrassment

Tips On How Can One Beat The Fear Of Dentist -
There are certain tips, which people can follow to easily beat any sort of fear related to the dentist. They include:

  • It is important to discuss one’s fears with the dentist
  • Once the dentist is aware of what exactly is causing the fear, he or she can make the best ways to let the patient feel less anxious and more comfortable.
  • Lack of control can one of the main reasons for stress. This can subside easily by taking part in discussions with the dentist about their treatment.
  • Request your dentist to explain exactly what the problem is and what is the treatment procedure to get rid of this problem.
  • Make a habit to raise your hand if something is bothering you and you want the dentist to stop immediately.
In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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