Overcoming fear of the dentist

In America 7 out of every 10 people fear the dentist, but what causes this fear? We will list some reasons on why most people fear to go to the dentist.

  1. Pain Fear
    One of the biggest (if not the biggest!) problems that we associate when thinking about the dentist, or even hearing the word “dentist” is without a doubt; pain. However, this is far from a real perception, since as technology has advanced we now make use of better and less invasive tools that do not cause pain, not even discomfort at all. If you suffer from pain is because your dentist is not doing an appropriate job. Sure, there always are some little stings and gentle lip pulls, but such things are inevitable and not painful. So, if you suffer from uncomfortable pains it means that you are getting your teeth damaged, that is why you should always come with the experts. 
  2. Needles fear
    Fear of needles or trypanophobia can be caused by bad experiences on past dental works, which predispose patients with fear and pain. This is a common psychological issue since modern dentistry now works with thinner and painless needles and tools. Furthermore, we use alternative methods of anesthesia, mainly based on topical medicine. Good dentists (Our dentists) are also trained with modern methodology on how to assess patients so they do not develop or suffer fear during the procedure or from the tools that are being used.
  3. Fear of being lied by your dentist
    A common doubt in patients is wondering if the dentist is giving you the correct treatment. For example, in the case of a dental implant the patient thinks; Is this treatment (piece) really necessary?, or, does my dentist just want to get more money from the procedure?, this kind of questions create justified doubts on patients, since sometimes they have had bad experiences with some dental health practitioners. In order to avoid this problem you need to find a dentist which you can trust, this can be achieved by looking at the dentist’s credentials, some dentists even have a web page in which you can look at testimonies and recommendations. It is important to get treatment with honest and professional dentists since there are several ones that will try to take advantage of the patient.
    In addition, if you still in doubt, you can always schedule an appointment to know your potential dentist, a routine cleaning can be a good opportunity to get to know and ask questions about his or her experience.
  4. Fear of your dentist not being good at his job
    It is important to acknowledge that there are a lot of specialties as a dentist because there is an important difference between a routine cleaning, an implant, a dental crown, or an endodontic treatment; that is why it is important to ask your dentist, what is your field of specialty?. Also, even if your dentist practices as a general dentist you can ask him or her something like, what do you think is the field in which you are more specialized?. What you will find is that if you are going to need a specific treatment or dental work, it is important to search for a professional that has credentials in that area, by this way you will feel confident in the hands of your preferred professional.
  5. Fear of having other untreated conditions.
    Generally, people have fear of getting another mouth or dental problem discovered, but this is not an issue at all, since if your dentist discovers non-identified problems this could not only save you big sums of money –since you would be treating a problem before the only possible solutions are expensive— , but you could also save your life by getting the adequate treatment in time.

At Somos Dental we are health care experts and professionals that will only take the best care of your mouth, that is why we will always be available to answer any doubts and questions that you may have.