Afraid of the dentist? Why it’s time overcome your anxiety

Many people are anxious about going to the dentist and some use this as a reason to avoid going altogether. Fear of the dentist goes by many terms – dental fear, dental anxiety, odontophobia, dental phobia – but all come down to the fear of receiving dental care. Many people can attribute their fear to direct experiences, particularly as children, where they experienced a painful or traumatic dental visit.

The problem with such fears is that they generate a vicious cycle, as people who experience anxiety to the point that they avoid dental visits will only seek help when they are unable to take any more pain from their teeth, for example, due to an abscess. At this point any action the dentist takes will inevitably be painful for them, reinforcing the fear. Yet if they had been having regular visits, the dentist would have spotted the risk of the abscess developing in the first place and could have intervened to prevent all that discomfort.

If you or someone you know developed your fear in childhood, it may comfort you to know that dental practices are constantly evolving and the dental surgery of today is a much more advanced and welcoming place than it was even ten years ago. Recent scientific advances make treatments that would have been terribly uncomfortable in the past almost painless.

A sympathetic and friendly dentist is often key to breaking the destructive cycle of fear and pain, and at Boston House Dentists, Liverpool Street, London, we have welcomed many patients who haven’t visited a dentist for years, and many are now regular clients. If you think we might be able to help, please contact us</a today to arrange your appointment.

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