How To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist

September 18, 2010

While few people actually enjoy going to the dentist, there are millions of people who actually suffer from serious forms of anxiety or who have developed genuine forms of phobias that are dentist-related.

 

What Are The Consequences?

Whether they have been accidentally traumatized by a failed dentistry procedure as young children or they have simply heard awful stories about dentist visits gone wrong, these people have trouble going to the dentist’s in their adulthood. The bad news is because of such anxiety and inexplicable fear of the dentist, there are millions of people who choose not to go get the right kind of treatment they need. Dental pain or tooth decay, gum disease and some more serious infections that might put one’s entire body at risk are the immediate effects of this issue. Diabetes and strokes or heart disease are just a few of the serious health problems such patients who refuse to go get treatment could eventually confront with.      

 

What Can Be Done?   

Here are many ways of handling patients who are afraid to go to the dentist. Treatments and special communication techniques are often times used to cure such anxiety problems. Five up to eight percent of all American will not go to the dentist because they are afraid. Up to twenty percent of all patients are anxious enough to avoid going until they are facing an emergency. Bad experiences inside a dentist’s office is the leading cause for the previous numbers. Unpleasant side effects of the treatment they have been submitted to are another cause for anxiety and fear of the dentists for many. Not being able to feel in control when lying prone on the dentist’s chair is one of the main scenarios many would like to avoid for as much as possible. Not being able to communicate probably while sitting there is what drives many people away. Dentists need to pay a lot more attention to the specific needs of each patient. Not all fears and anxiety attacks manifest the same way for everyone; and while common elements do exist, dentists need to ensure the full comfort of their patients and treat each phobia the right way.

 

Communication Is Very Helpful

Serious talks explaining the procedures a patient is about to undergo will be much more helpful than the regular pep talk generally telling a patient they will not feel any pain. Physicians can help patients who are about to undergo surgery to better prepare themselves mentally by providing details of the procedure. The same thing can be achieved by dentists who can explain carefully the all of the steps of the procedures they are about to undergo on their patients. Knowing what’s next will always reinstall a state of calm and certainty that will considerably ease up anxiety. For more details, go online and search for anxiety relievers you can try at home. If you need help with a different type of a health problem, try medical treatments abroad with Unimed. The en.unimed.org site provides you with information on the most modern diagnosis equipment and the best trained doctors in Israel.