Dentophobia and Getting Over a Fear of the Dentist


Patients With Dentophobia May Experience “Intense Unease” During Appointments.


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Our team found an article by Care2 (9/24, Daly) which discussed the facts behind dental anxiety, fear, and phobia, which may affect up to 15 percent of Americans. The report stated that managing dental anxiety is important because “practicing good oral hygiene, including regular dental visits, is essential in maintaining your overall health.”

Did you know nearly 10 percent of U.S. adults are affected by some type of phobia? This includes the anxiety or fear of going to see a dentist which is also known as dentophobia. The good news is that this fear can be managed. One way is recognizing and acknowledging the signs of dentophobia. A few common examples are:

  • Loss of sleep before an upcoming dental visit
  • Intense anxiety, (in the waiting room or on the car ride over)
  • Feeling breathless or having trouble breathing
  • Trying to postpone or cancel the dental visit

Aside from knowing the common signs, another way to deal with dentophobia is by learning techniques to stay calm before and during the dental appointment. A few helpful steps to take are:

  • Doing something calm that you enjoy beforehand (such as listening to music or going for a walk)
  • Bringing someone you trust to your appointment with you for support
  • Asking your dentist to explain the procedure to you beforehand
  • Talking to your dentist about your fears and working together to find compromises (such as asking for short breaks)

Everyone reacts differently to phobias. Thus it is important to find ways to manage anxiety and to see past the stigma of dental work being something to fear. A good dental team will work together with their patients to help them feel more at ease. Talking to someone you trust and then to a dental professional is a great start toward overcoming dentophobia. Contact Mastrovich Dental – our team is here to help and provide quality dental care.


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