If you have experienced nightmares and cold sweats at the thought of sitting in that chair, then fear no more! Learn how your fear of the dentist is unwarranted, and how modern dentistry is user-friendly!
There are certain things in life that people have a fear of – Aeroplanes, spiders, enclosed spaces and death to name a few. Forget these lesser fears, however; none of these compares to the fear that many of us experience when we step into the dentist! Just the mention of that horrible, dreaded place can send shivers down many a people’s spines! Not the dentist! For many, sitting in an enclosed room full of spiders in an airplane with one wing missing would be preferable! For years, the dentist has been a symbol of fear and many of us are simply petrified at the thought of being strapped down in the chair and having our teeth ripped apart by the savage dentist…. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration but you get the idea!
So why do we have this fear of the dentist? What is it about this whole process and treatment that instils so much terror? Why are these fears unfounded and how has dental treatment improved for the benefit of the patient?
Why do people have a fear of the dentist?
No matter how painless and trouble-free a dentist appointment is, it is still not an enjoyable experience. Many people see the dentist as a chore and like to get it over with as quickly as possible. Even a simple check-up is a process that we like to make in a matter of minutes. Nowadays, a dentist appointment can be made at a time and date that suits you and the check-up will be made to be as hassle-free as possible.
Aside from the inconvenience, people also have a fear of the associated pain and discomfort that is associated with dental treatment. People envision large needles being stuck into your mouth and have heard horror stories of teeth being removed with pliers! Furthermore, there is a common misconception that anaesthetics are often useless and that subpar materials are used for fillings and crowns etc. This might have been true 40 years ago, but today’s modern dentistry has come such a long way that these fears are unfounded!
Why is this fear unfounded in today’s modern world?
As mentioned above, a fear of the dentist often arises from misinformation and misconceptions. Dental practices and procedures today have come a long way! Treatments and procedures are virtually pain-free and only cause a negligible amount of discomfort. Anaesthetics are administered in a user-friendly way, and treatments are performed using advanced technology and methods that put the patient’s comfort first.
Horror stories are a thing of the past! This advent and use of modern technology mean that your dentist appointments will be a pleasant and pain-free experience. Ensure that you remember these pointers and that you spread the word! The dentist is your friend and we do everything in our power to help to dissuade your fears!