Thousands of people all over the world suffer from dental anxiety or the more serious dental phobia, so if you are terrified of the dentist it is important to remember that you are not alone. Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias in the UK but there is help at hand for sufferers.
Dental phobia can be caused by a number of factors including fear of embarrassment, fear of diagnosis or fear of the dentist’s tools. Any number of factors or a combination can lead a person to completely avoid the dentist’s surgery altogether. This can be very bad for a patient’s dental health as missing regular check ups can lead to an increased risk of dental problems, increasing the need to see a dentist.
The first step in overcoming dental phobia is simply to talk to a dentist. Dentists in Bristol are specially trained to deal with anxious or phobic patients and very often just talking through a procedure can help to calm the nerves. Dentists can also recommend other techniques such as self-hypnosis or breathing exercises that can help control adrenaline and reduce the anxiety. Recent studies into dental phobia have also found that aromatherapy, particularly lavender oil, is very beneficial for anxious patients before treatment.
Dental phobia can be overcome with the right help and support allowing you to get the dental treatment that you need. Make an appointment to talk through your concerns with a Bristol dentist and take the first step towards conquering your fears.