People suffer from many different types of fears and phobias. Those who suffer from a fear of dentists may avoid making dental appointments and in the long run their teeth may suffer. Some people will prolong going to the dentist until they reach a point where they are in so much pain that they finally have no choice. In a sense they are stuck between their fear and their pain. Regular dental examinations are necessary to prevent decay that can lead to eventual tooth loss.
It is important to realize that to a person who has a fear of dentists that fear is very real and it can produce physical symptoms that can make it difficult to have any type of dental procedure performed. Some physical symptoms that accompany such fear include:
▪ Rapid heartbeat
▪ Clammy hands
Such symptoms are enough to make a person avoid the source of their fear, in this case, fear of the dentist. Most dentists will be understanding of a patient’s fear. Administering a sedative can help to alleviate one’s fear. If the fear or phobia is severe enough therapy can help the individual to overcome or at least keep the fear manageable. In some cases, hypnosis can be an effective method of therapy for dealing with fears. Meditation is another method people often employ to help keep them calm, relaxed and alleviate fears.
If you suffer from a fear of dentists don’t let your dental health suffer at the hands of your fear. Schedule an appointment with a dentist and go to the appointment. Take someone along with you that you trust and are comfortable with such as a spouse, friend or relative. That person can act as a source of support for you. Let the dentist know at the first appointment about your fear. Don’t be embarrassed. There are many people that have fears such as your own. You are not alone. There are other people who share the same fear. Most dentists understand and are willing to help you in any way they can. They want you to have the necessary dental treatment that you need. They are not going to ridicule you for your fear. That is certainly not in their best interest or yours. Being honest with the dentist is best rather than trying to conceal your fear. It is best to openly seek help in dealing with your fear rather than to sacrifice proper dental care.
Resource: GreaterDentistry is a directory of dentist professionals in the United States.