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Scared Of The Dentist? 5 Ways To Beat Dental Phobia

dental phobia

Odontophobia, more commonly known as dental phobia, is the fear of dentists and dental treatment.

If fear stops you going to the dentist, it can cause you big problems. Avoiding check-ups and treatment gives any issues the chance to get worse – possibly leading to dental emergencies.

Dental anxiety can be relatively easy to overcome, and often patients just need the help of a caring dentist. Oak Mount Dental Practice in Didsbury has treated many nervous patients, and can help you feel relaxed and in control.

5 ways to tackle your dental phobia

Here are some practical steps you can take to beat your fears:

1. Talk your dentist
Dental phobia is common, and it certainly won’t be the first time your dentist has encountered a patient that suffers from it.

2. Confide in a friend or family member
Vocalising your worries can often make them seem less overwhelming. A little support and encouragement can make all the difference.

3. Chat with other sufferers
There are quite a few forums online where people discuss dentistry and tooth-related issues. Reading about other people with similar issues can make you feel less like you’re the only person in the world with a dental phobia. And, you might learn some useful tips on how to deal with it.

4. Practice relaxation exercises
If you start to panic, find a quiet place on your own where you won’t be disturbed. Sit comfortably, and then relax each part of your body starting with your feet, until you reach your head. Next:

  1. Breathe in imagining you’re filling up your lungs from bottom to top
  2. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
  3. Count from one to five (or less if you can’t manage five at first) slowly as you breathe in
  4. Let your breath escape slowly, again counting from one to five
  5. Repeat until you feel calm. Breathe rhythmically without pausing or holding your breath
  6. Let go of bad memories

5. Let go of bad memories
Bad experiences of the dentist can be at the root of dental fears, especially if you’re over 50. But dental practices are not the clinical, unfriendly places they once were. You’ll still notice the smells and sounds, but much less than before. Drills are quieter, and instruments less noticeable. And it’s now possible to treat patients without pain.

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