Dentophobia: How to Face Your Fear of the Dentist

There is zero shame in being nervous or afraid of oral health treatment. It is hard to know what is happening as your Dr. and his assistants undergo your treatment. Another big problem is that having your teeth worked on can leave you feeling trapped and claustrophobic. 

These are very normal reactions when going to an appointment for your teeth. Don’t worry! All doctors, hygienists, and assistants understand that Dentophobia is a real thing and are well-equipped to help you feel comfortable in the chair. 

Here are some tips on how to stay calm while oral healthcare professionals are working on your teeth! 

Talk to your doctor! 

This one seems obvious, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is normal not to want to discuss your fears with others. However, suppose your doctor and their team are unaware of your dentophobia. In that case, their approach to your treatment may be different because they might assume you’re alright with prolonged periods of care with fewer breaks.

Always remember that your doctor and their team are there to help you. There is a good chance they will ask you about oral health treatment fears. If they do, simply tell them treatment makes you nervous. If they do not, for whatever reason, just let them know that you’ll want to take frequent pauses. 

Don’t forget to breathe!

You’d be surprised how effective well-timed, relaxed breathing can be at alleviating fear and anxiety. Of course, this is easier said than done when it comes time for treatment to start. However, if you close your eyes, breathe through your nose, and do your best to relax your muscles, treatment will go much smoother!

Always remember that you can speak up during the majority of treatments and exams at all times. If you’re having trouble dealing with rinses or catching your breath, everything can stop until you feel more comfortable about starting again! 

If you aren’t sure how to breathe correctly during stressful situations, a wealth of tips and tricks on the internet can help! Never underestimate the role that breathing can play in helping you stay calm during even the most challenging moments. 

Ask for a walkthrough! 

Your doctor and their team can always explain each part of your procedure to you before it happens. If you are somebody that has dentophobia because you just never understand what is going on with your teeth during treatment, this can be a big help. 

Oral healthcare appliances can seem intimidating from the patient perspective. They can be large, noisy, and cause weird sensations in the mouth while doing their job. However, most of these appliances are designed with patient comfort in mind. 

Getting a walkthrough during treatment can also give you a chance to take a deep breath, release tension from your body, and prepare yourself for the next phase of your care! 

Give us a call! 

Our entire team is thoroughly trained in keeping patients scared of oral health treatment relaxed, safe, and comfortable. While specific procedures may seem scary, you must never forget that keeping a person comfortable during treatment is a big part of oral healthcare professional education. 

We at Strait Smile Studio, have protocols for calming patients with dentophobia! During your consultation, we will also ask you if getting your teeth worked on makes you scared or anxious. With us, you can always relax knowing that we have your best interests at heart.

Give us a call today to book an appointment, or visit us online and get on our schedule. Thanks for reading!