Are you filled with a feeling of dread or terror at the thought of visiting a dentist?
Being scared of ‘the dentist’ or dental treatment is a lot more common than many people realise, it’s just that most people don’t like to talk about it.
It may be that you have been avoiding dentists for a very long time, and that you’re so terrified of what a dentist might say or find that it has become impossible to even contemplate going. You may even wish you’d rather be dead.
Or maybe you have a fear of pain associated with needles or injections, or the drill. For some people, the fear is of choking or gagging or of feeling numb. Many people feel trapped and vulnerable in the dentist’s chair. It is not uncommon to experience a combination of many different fears which seem too overwhelming to tackle.
Dental phobia most commonly starts as a result of bad or painful experiences during one or more dental appointments, although there can be other reasons. Sadly, many people have lost their smile because of their fear of dentists. At Dental Fear Central, we’d like to change that!
You’re not alone – dental phobia support is just a click away!
What people are saying about Dental Fear Central
“So much of it is about having the right dentist, one who will stop when you tell them to stop and who you trust 100%. I was told to remember I am paying for a service and if I am not happy say so. I should “interview” the dentists until I find someone I am comfortable with and who understood my fears.”
“The loss of control page is superb. Really comprehensive … even picked up a few tips to help me help my patients from it. Most of the stuff on that page I am already doing, but every now and again I pick up a little tip such as asking the patient what they would like me to do first… The section on abuse and dental phobia is going to be very useful for me as I am not familiar with the implications of this.”
“Just want to say a big thank you – I had a very bad fear of the dentist but because of the help your site gave me I now have a beautiful mouthful of teeth and it was all down to the information you supplied me.”
“What a great resource – so reassuring – perhaps I’m not quite as big a freak as I thought- big thankyous!”
“Thanks for putting this site up. You guys are awesome and I just wanted to thank someone who took time out of their life and put this out on the Internet so people like me can finally get some answers.”
“Many things you have said, about sexual abuse and fears based on past experiences are so true. I’ve had to go through this all on my own never realising there was a support system that I could turn to, or even that I could ever voice my fears. Little by little I’ve learnt how to cope, but I’m VERY GLAD that you’ve created this website that could help people faster and above all make them feel better about all those fears.”
“Just found this site and this is SUPER helpful, a lovely site. Many people have a lot of fear like myself and this is so good and set out in a way to understand. GREAT… keep up the good work.”
“I just want to thank you all so much for putting this site and forum together 🙂 . There are a lot of supportive people on here. The resources on the site helped me to get my thoughts organized and communicate with my dentist, as I can’t think clearly or talk much when I’m in a dental office. The sample letter and different questionnaires have really helped me to communicate some important issues to my dentist.”
“I have a crazy phobia of the dentist – I just want to say thank you for this website. It’s reassuring to come to this site and realise I’m not alone in my fears. I’m about to have a root canal and reading the information you have on root canals made me feel better. I appreciate that. Thank you.”
“I really can’t express my thanks for this website and how much it helped me. I felt physically sick just at the thought of picking up the phone to make an appointment. It is a great help to know that there are others who have the same levels of fear as me. I felt absolutely alone and such a wimp. Have now been for the dreaded check up and the next appointment is booked. Thanks again.”
“Thank you for your amazing site. It was after reading it that I gathered the courage to make an appointment with a dentist. It was so wonderful to discover that my dentist had the same compassion you talk about, along with a pragmatic approach in regards to the work I need to have done. Until I stumbled upon your site, I truly thought I was alone in my fear and anxiety; that there was something wrong with me. So thank you again!”
“I love this site. It’s definitely given me something to think about while I look for a dentist. And it’s great to know not all dentists are compassionless buttholes. 🙂 ”