Fear of the Dentist. How to overcome it before it becomes full of cavities and what to do about it.

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Last updated April 9, 2023


Doctor, I am afraid of the dentist.
Is there any way to overcome this?


Yes, the distinctive smells and sounds of the dentist, and the anesthesia they inject you with, are things you want to experience as little as possible...
This time,For those who are afraid of the dentist, I will discuss how to overcome this fear and what to do about it before it becomes full of cavities!

Reasons to be afraid of the dentist

Dentist Scared

I feel scared of the dentist,

  • They cut my teeth without knowing what kind of treatment they were going to give me.
  • I don't like the sound of the dentist's treatment.
  • Anesthesia was very painful.
  • I have had painful treatment.
  • I don't like the smell of the dentist.
  • I've had a vomiting reflex with molding.

Many times, experiences and images such as these are traumatic.

To begin with, it is a normal human defense response to lie down with one's mouth open and not want others to touch the inside of one's mouth.

The dentist will convince you to trust yourself to him or her by having the name "for treatment and maintenance of oral health".

But when you actually get scared at the dentist,Gradually, fear builds up to a strong refusal to go to the dentist.The first is the

If the rejection is strong, the actual attempt to go to the dentist may cause cold sweats and physical abnormalities such as sickness, abdominal pain, motility, and difficulty breathing. (Dental phobia)

Fear of the Dentist! How to deal with different scenes

Dentist Scared

The following are seven different methods of targeting people who are afraid of dentists in seven different situations.

  • I'm afraid I don't know what kind of treatment I'm getting.
  • I'm afraid of the sound of the dentist's treatment.
  • I'm afraid of anesthesia.
  • I'm afraid I'm going to be treated painfully.
  • Just the smell of the dentist scares me.
  • I'm afraid the molding will cause a vomiting reflex.
  • Everything about dentists scares me.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (1): Fear of not knowing what kind of treatment is being done.

It should not happen that a tooth is suddenly cut without any explanation, without knowing what is going to be done.

However, there is zero chance that something like grinding teeth without the patient's understanding will happen.

In this case,Choose a dentist who offers explanations in a counseling room before treatment or on a monitor in front of the treatment table while viewing intraoral photos and x-rays.would be a good idea.

If you feel uneasy during your first visit, one of the best ways is to withhold treatment and find another dentist.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (2): I'm afraid of the sound of the dentist's treatment.

Dentists have a lot of equipment like teeth grinding machines and ultrasonic scalers for removing tartar that make an unpleasant "squeak! There are many devices that make unpleasant sounds like "squeak!

The sound of a dentist's treatment, which many people have difficulty with, is basically unmuffled, and it is difficult for dentists to deal with people who are uncomfortable with sound.

If a person is not that fearful and can substitute a hand instrument, a machine-free procedure can be performed, but a machine for grinding teeth cannot be used for hand use.

If you have a strong fear of the sound of the dentist,Choose a dentist who can treat you in a half-asleep state using laughing gas or intravenous sedation, and consult with him or her.It is.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (3): I'm afraid of anesthesia.

Even though the treatment is intended to eliminate pain, a little pain occurs when the needle is inserted and the anesthetic is administered.

Basically, for pain reduction of anesthesia,Choose a dentist who is committed to the followingwould be a good idea.

  • They give you a surface anesthesia before administering the needle anesthesia.
  • Fine anesthesia needles are used.
  • During anesthesia, the dentist takes into consideration the temperature of the anesthetic, speed of injection, and needle insertion technique.

Dentists who are good at anesthesia may introduce painless anesthesia techniques on their websites, so it is recommended to refer to them.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (4): Fear of painful treatment

If you are worried about being vulnerable to pain,Be sure to make it clear before treatment that you are sensitive to pain.

It is also important to lightly raise your hand to indicate your intention if you feel pain during treatment.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (5): Just the smell of the dentist scares me.

If you don't like the smell of the dentist,Choose a dentist who sells air purification systems or employs aroma diffusers.would be a good idea.

Dental odors are mainly caused by the chemicals used in treatment.

Although the odor is difficult to eliminate completely, as is the case with instruments used in dental treatment, some dentists use air purifiers and aromas to counteract the odor, so check with them.

Scenes of fear of the dentist 6: Fear of the vomiting reflex during the molding process.

The vomiting reflex is the nausea that occurs when a foreign object is placed in the mouth.

This is especially likely to occur with molding, which is done by placing clay in a tray in the mouth, and many adults have difficulty with molding because of the painful vomiting reflex.

In recent years, instead of trays and clay, intraoral scanners that can scan the mouth in 3D have been used to take pictures, and the data is used to make coverings and mouthpieces.

Intraoral scanner molding is not covered by insurance, so the conditions under which it can be used are limited,People who are prone to the vomiting reflex should consider a dentist with an oral scanner.

Scenes of fear of the dentist (7): Everything about the dentist is scary.

If you are afraid of all of the dentists anyway and cannot be treated,It is recommended to choose a dentist who can provide dental care under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.It is.

Only a limited number of dentists can provide intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, but all treatments can be completed in a comatose or sleeping state.

Get over your "fear of the dentist" before you are full of cavities.

Dentist Scared

In many cases, fear of the dentist leads to a lack of treatment and cavities all over the place.

Conquer your dentist before he or she is full of cavities by using the countermeasures described in this article.

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