An excessive fear of dentistry is known as dental phobia. The mere mention of certain words can trigger that gut-wrenching sense of terror to those with dental phobia. A phobia is the fear of a certain thing, which is baseless and unreasonable. However, this really exists and there are people who suffer from dental phobia. They are not ashamed about it and all they know is that they fear going to the dentist.
This gets even worse, and because of their extreme fear, they do not visit the dentist for treatment except when it reaches a very critical condition. This causes two problems: First, they are already in extreme pain when they show up at the dental clinic, and they will associate their pain with the place. Next, since they seldom see a dentist, their teeth are in a poor, if not worse condition, making them feel embarrassed. This aggravates their fear.
This becomes a vicious cycle, which is too hard to get out of, since individuals suffering from dental phobia do not want to see a dentist. It is just like having a fear of spiders or heights.
Nowadays, such phobias can easily be cured. However, those who seek to be cured are only those who want to overcome it because of personal reasons like moving to a place where there are lots of spiders or wanting to learn how to skydive.
Nevertheless, dental phobics want to conquer their fear due to some reasons. Some really do. There are many options that could help them.
Let us look into some specific things that people fear most that could cause their phobia.
This is a common fear since there is nothing to like about needles. The truth is the person who is holding the needle (like the doctor) has the control. The dentist can give a painless shot. However, this usually takes time to do it right.
This brings us to the next factor – there is someone else in control.
It is natural for people to want to have some control over their lives, but with regard to getting dental treatment, the dentist is the only one in control. So, the patient needs to trust him.
Noise and smell
Though these two factors should not affect you in any way, you just seem to sense them. The noises that dental instruments make sound too familiar. The same is true when it comes to the smell associated with a dental clinic. Both can easily turn off some people.
This is what a person senses every time the dentist works on the teeth. Though there may be no pain, you can feel the vibration. Some people can go through injections, but cannot stand the sensation caused by the vibration.