Know Your Fear: Overcoming Odontophobia

Maybe you have already gone through it. Maybe not. Regardless, dental phobia is a common concern among people, especially in kids. This fear is what keeps many people from getting the dental treatment they need.

Before anything else, it is important to understand what causes this fear. Some have it because they had a bad dental experience when they were young. Some have an anxiety disorder, which tends to get stronger when exposed to fear-inducing stimulus.

Knowing all these things, overcoming dental fears should not be hard work. Below are some tips that can help you ease all those irrational fears.

Recognize Your Fears

One common mistake when it comes to approaching fear is that people tend to deny that it exists. Denial will only make the fear stronger. What you need to do is to acknowledge that you have such problem. When you admit to yourself that you have this irrational fear, that is the time when you will be encouraged to do something about it.

Condition Yourself

Once you recognize your fears, it is time to persuade yourself about the goodness and effectiveness of dentists—that they are not someone you should be afraid of. One easy way to do it is by visiting a dentist and speaking to them as though they were a friend.

Know their services and procedures, so it will be much easier for you to prepare yourself in case you are prescribed to undergo such; who knows, your dentist may be offering nitrous oxide treatment to ease anxiety.

Ask for Professional Help

It won’t hurt if you ask for professional help to ease your anxiety. Some dentists recommend to their patients to undergo a session with a counselor or psychiatrist specializing in anxiety management.

Dental fear is real, and you need to do something about it. May the tips above help you overcome this fear so that you can get started on your road to dental wellness.