You're afraid of the dentist? Do you consider canceling your appointment days before or not showing up? Do you feel helpless and uncomfortable in the cleaning chair? If so, you are not alone. More than 75% of Americans experience dental phobia to some degree, 10% are extremely terrified and reluctant to get a dental checkup. That's a lot of people! In this article, we want to go over why people fear the dentist and the steps they can take to make their dentist visit much easier.

Why do people fear the dentist?

There are many reasons why people develop a bad taste in the mouth from the dentist. From harsh dentist personalities to terrible injuries and experiences, all of this can affect someone starting from a young age. Most anxieties begin in childhood, when we are young children and we are learning about the world. Our body and mind are learning about the dangers of the world. Accidents like accidental scraping against the gum or immense pain from filling a cavity at a young age will reinforce fear of the dentist. Delve into the worst feelings you have personally. They feel terrible, don't they? So why would you go to the dentist if you can completely avoid it?

Others do not go to the dentist because they feel they are not in control. Having someone you just met who really doesn't know much about having full control of what's going on in your mouth is a terrible experience. Anxious feelings are often the reason why people reschedule their appointment with the dentist or skip it entirely.

Interesting Fact: Humans have a strange desire to protect passages outdoors. We are naturally self-conscious to open our mouths and exposed to vulnerabilities.

We conducted a study and examined a couple of interesting facts about those who have dental phobia. There are some people who choose to eat only soft foods instead of harder foods to avoid chipping a tooth and having to go to the dentist. Others reported that they dreamed of the dentist's experiences and feared sleeping for fear of having these nightmares again.

People who have severe cases of dental phobia experience years of toothache, gum disease, and poor dental hygiene. Avoiding the dentist is much more than it seems. It is something that can affect your entire identity, who you are, what you value.

A visit to the dentist is very much like a roller coaster. Many people who go to amusement parks discover that they have acrophobia and cannot go on the same rides as their family and friends. They wonder, "Why can't I just go ahead and have fun like everyone else?" Roller coasters have their dangers, but those dangers are minimal, they are taken into account when they extend and build. It is built to maximize everyone's safety. Dentists are like roller coasters. At first it scares us, but in the end you will leave with a smile on your face and you will feel better for your well-being.
Dentists are not bad people. We are not here to pull your teeth out and laugh hysterically. We are here to provide you with the best oral care and treatment available. If you're afraid of the dentist, check out our tips below that you can use to feel more comfortable during your dentist visits.

5 tips to overcome your fear of the dentist

Talk to your dentist! A universal rule to follow is to always express your concerns and needs. Your dentist is not telepathic, he cannot read your thoughts. By expressing your concerns, your dentist will be able to adjust your practice and approach to your appointment so that you feel more comfortable and in control of the situation while receiving treatment.

Establish a "stop" signal. Striving is one thing, but sometimes you won't be able to make it through a full date without feeling a wave of nausea or discomfort engulfing you. It is a great idea to work with your dentist and create a stop signal. Doing so gives you the luxury of stopping the procedure if you feel uncomfortable or just need a break and fresh air.

Ask questions! To be comfortable with your dentist, you must be able to trust them. Your dentist should be able to answer every question you have about them, from simple tasks to taking care of your teeth, to explaining in detail each step of a more complicated procedure.

Visit the dentist regularly. This is the complete opposite advice you want to read, but it is excellent. To counter any bad thinking or experience about the dentist, you should have a positive view of the visit and just have a good time,

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Establish a "stop" signal. Striving is one thing, but sometimes you won't be able to make it through a full date without feeling a wave of nausea