Dental Phobia Information and Support
Welcome to Dental Fear Central! Since 2004, we have been here to support anyone with an extreme fear of the dentist or specific dental fears. We also provide information for dental professionals who would like to better help their nervous or phobic patients.
Does the thought of seeing a dentist fill you with a sense of dread or terror? You’re not alone! Find out why people develop a fear of the dentist, why dental phobia is different from other phobias, how common it is, and much more.
A step-by-step guide to tackling dental anxiety, fear and phobia. You may have avoided the dentist for decades, or perhaps you force yourself to go despite your fear. Either way, we’ve put together lots of helpful tips which our members have shared over the years!
Real Life Stories
There are many people who were, at one time, feeling as perhaps you do now. In this video, Finn shares their journey of overcoming dental phobia:
Common Dental Fears
People often think that those who have a fear of the dentist are afraid of injections or the drill.
While you may well have these fears, there can be other issues, including:
- embarrassment and shame
- fear of not having control
- fear of not getting numb
- fear of choking or gagging
- fear of allergic reactions
- fear of unnecessary treatment
- fear of not being able to cope with the news of what needs to be done
and many more. Visit the Common Fears pages for more information and possible solutions!
Interviews with (and tips from) dentists
When you’ve had bad experiences with dentists in the past, you might be excused for thinking that all dentists are the same. This is not necessarily the case:
For the Dental Team
Lots of free material related to dental anxiety management, including
- tips from other dentists
- information on trauma-informed care
- patient questionnaires for adults and children
- courses and CPD opportunities
- opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals: