Many of the patients we see at the dental school have developed cavities and needed extensive dental work for just one reason: They were too scared to come to the dentist before now.
Something changed within them that made them finally say, “Enough is enough. I need to get my teeth fixed.” Sometimes it’s severe pain, and other times it’s a badly decayed, discolored front tooth that needs some dental care and compassion. Whatever the reason, it’s a shame that it took them so long to get in to see a dentist. There is a lot of help online.
How Dental Fear Central Can Help You Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
First of all, it reinforces the fact that you’re not alone in your fear of the dentist. There are many others out there who also get anxious when they go to the dentist. The forums are great! They allow you to share your own personal story. I just read the story of a young woman who went to get her wisdom teeth out. After a few moments in the room, she got up and left. She eventually went back and had her wisdom teeth successfully taken out. She described the whole process. You can read her story here.
Another way the site helps is by detailing 19 common dental fears and how to cope with them.
Dental Fear Central has an article for those who were sexually abused and have dental fear. There is also an article for abuse survivors, that is written by a survivor of abuse. In it, the abuse survivor shares tips on how to cope with certain fears that are instilled in those who were abused. For example, it can be difficult for an abuse survivor to be lying down in a dental chair with an unfamiliar person poking around in their mouth.
Finally, there is a section of the site dedicated to walking you through the steps you need to take to get you into a dental chair. It helps you discover your fears, cope with them, and eventually make that appointment with the dentist. You can find this section, the help section by clicking this link.
I want to disclose that I am not affiliated in any way with Dental Fear Central. I value this website and believe that it can help people make it to the dentist and avoid losing their teeth. Because of that, I wanted to share it with you, in hope that if you are anxious about your dental visit, you can get the help you need.
Do you have any questions or comments on dental anxiety? If so, please leave them below in the comments section. Thanks for reading!