Around 36% of adults have a fear of the dentist, according to research1. And 12% of these suffer from extreme dental anxiety2. So, if it’s something that affects you, you’re not alone.
But being a nervous patient shouldn’t get in the way of your dental health.
Dentists are experienced in treating nervous patients. What’s more, if you tell your dentist that you’re particularly nervous, they can prepare and make sure your visit is as easy-going and stress-free as possible – from the moment you step through the door to the time you leave.
Rest assured that it’s never too late to improve your oral health, even if you’ve avoided seeing the dentist for years due to your phobia.
Get in touch with your local practice to see how they can help ease your dental anxiety.
Causes of dental anxiety, and how we can help
Dental anxiety can be caused by a range of things. Here are some common causes and how we can help you overcome them, to look after your dental health.
- Fear of pain: It’s easy to let fear of pain during dental treatment slip into your mind and put you off treatment. But your dentist can take every necessary step, including administering local anaesthetic, to relieve any potential pain. They can also offer you techniques to help you feel relaxed, such as sedation, which you can read more about in the section below.
- Previous experiences: While we understand how bad past experiences can make you wary of future appointments, it doesn’t have to affect your oral health. Our dentists are here to help you feel at ease. And they’re fully qualified and experienced, meaning you’re in the safest possible hands whenever you visit us.
- Phobia of needles: You should talk to your dentist beforehand if you don’t like needles. They can use numbing gels to minimise discomfort during the injection.
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1&2- Beaton L, Freeman R, Humphris G. Why are people afraid of the dentist? Observations and explanations. Med Princ Pract. 2014;23(4):295-301. doi:10.1159/000357223.