Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Every appointment is a true nightmare? Stop being afraid; nowadays, there are no reasons to be afraid of the dentist any more. The techniques used during interventions are safe and hardly cause any pain at all.
But the fear of the dentist, also referred to as dental phobia, is comparable to numerous other phobias in that it is not a thing that one can control. Here is a piece of advice from the David & Cloutier Dental Office that will allow you to sit back in the dentist’s chair with confidence…
The most frequently observed tell-tale signs are:
- anxiety and anguish before receiving dental carewithout being able to control one’s emotions,
- physical disturbances such as perspiration and sweaty hands, shakiness, nausea, a panic attack… that may even lead to loss of consciousness.
Fear of the dentist can even result in an inability to treat a cavity or lead to dental infection, even when the pain is severe, and such a situation can be catastrophic. Fortunately, there are solutions…
Tring to reason with a person that is suffering from dental phobia is useless. In such cases, anxiolytic medication can be used as well as gentle techniques that are efficient in calming stress and anxiety.
The pharmacist may sometimes recommend taking some types of granules 3 times a day, during a few days before the appointment. Homeopathy can also be effective in easing the symptoms of dental phobia.
Cognitive behavioural therapies
These are solutions offered by the psychologist for persons who are expressing a very high degree of stress or anxiety towards the dentist. Such a problem may be due to a bad experience during childhood or to medical instruments phobia. In such a case, a few psychotherapy sessions will often be effective to help regain calm and peace of mind. Psychotherapy may also help understand the origin of this fear, in order to defuse it.
Hypnosis is another technique that can be effective against the fear of the dentist. The aim pursued then is to concentrate on a pleasant image in order to immerse oneself in a state of well-being, while always remaining conscious and in control of one’s actions. Hypnotherapy in dentistry is a very serious technique and is in no way related to entertainment hypnosis.