Overcoming Dental Phobia

Overcoming Dental Phobia

It’s no wonder so many people are afraid of going to the dentist! The depiction of our profession is less than favorable in popular culture. From Seinfeld (“Is this guy a dentist or Caligula?”) to the root canal scene in Disney’s Finding Nemo, we can’t catch a break! Occasionally, though, we get a patient with genuine dental phobia. At Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry, we want to do everything possible to ease your fears and concerns and make your experience at our office as positive and productive as possible.


Why People Experience Dental Phobia

There are many legitimate reasons that people feel fearful at the dentist:
A previous bad experience – An insufficiently numbed tooth or a scary childhood memory, both can set the stage for fear during future dental visits.
Anxiety Disorders – If you experience generalized anxiety, then being in a situation where you feel out of control (such as being leaned back in a dental chair) could cause your symptoms to spike.
Bad Teeth – Whether their teeth have always been bad or they simply haven’t been to the dentist in years, some people fear dental treatment because they fear judgement.


Ways To Cope

The truth is, you cannot avoid going to the dentist. Dental health has been proven to be closely linked with overall health, so in order to avoid potential illnesses (such as heart disease, diabetes, and more), it is imperative that you find ways to make your dental care tolerable. Here are some things you can do to help:
Do your research – Ask around, visit review sites, and take your time looking at web pages. If you feel well-informed about the office layout, team members, and procedures you can expect to encounter, then you will have gained a sense of control over your situation. This will make your experience slightly less intimidating.
Tell your dentist – Our dentists understand your concerns and want to make you feel comfortable. If you share your concerns in advance, we may be able to help by providing anesthetics or other treatments that will make you more comfortable.
Distract yourself – Bring earbuds to your appointment to block the “dental noises” that make your skin crawl. Occupy your mind with your favorite podcast or music instead of focusing on the sounds of scraping or drilling.


What We Can Do

To ease your fears before an appointment, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists to discuss your concerns. During the consultation, your dentist will listen to your concerns and explain – in detail – what you can expect during your visit.

If you would like to learn more about how to overcome dental phobia or are interested in a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pearce or Dr. Murphy, contact Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry today. Whether you fear judgement or pain, we will make your visit as comfortable as possible.