Dental Fear Central – Dental Phobia and Anxiety Support

Are you terrified of the dentist?

Fear and terror
You are not alone! Dental Fear Central is a self-help resource for anyone experiencing dental fears, dental anxiety, or extreme dental phobia.

This website was written by people who know what it’s like. Over the years, we have collected a wealth of information related to a fear of the dentist, and how to overcome it. Hopefully, you will find something within these pages that is of use to you!

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What is dental phobia?

Fear of the dentist comes in many guises:

  • Dental anxiety tends to be an ill-defined, anticipatory thing. For example, you may feel anxious because you don’t know what’s going to happen. Uncertainty is a factor in anxiety.
  • Dental fear tends to be far more specific. If somebody has a fear, they’re usually able to tell you exactly what they have a fear of, for example a fear of injections or a fear of pain. Often, a fear will be linked with a past bad experience.
  • Dental phobia is an extreme fear of the dentist. Even the thought or sight of anything dental-related may trigger feelings of anxiety and panic. The fear is so strong that you either avoid the dentist altogether, or you somehow manage to endure dental visits, but only with intense anxiety or fear. Many people who have joined our forum have avoided seeing a dentist for decades, even when in pain. Shame and embarrassment are commonly expressed feelings.

Read more: What is dental phobia?

Some common fears and difficulties include:

On our website, you can find lots of information and support to help you move forward at your own pace to overcome your fears.

Interviews with dentists

We’ve recently published some great interviews with dentists and other professionals who have an interest in helping anxious patients overcome their fears (and more are to follow)! Our latest interviewee is Mike Gow, a dentist at the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow.

Coronavirus Special

Do you need help with broken teeth, fillings that have come out, or crowns that have come loose? Here are some useful DIY dentistry tips on how to deal with dental emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis!

Top Tips for Treating Nervous Patients

Dentist Fraser Hendrie shares his tips for helping nervous patients.

Difficult Conversations

From the horse’s mouth: how much background info can you disclose to your new dentist?

How much should I tell my new dentist?

Dental Sedation

Are you considering sedation dentistry? Find out about the different types of sedation, and pros and cons:

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Our Support Forum

People using mobile phones to access the dental phobia support forum

 

Like a Reddit only better: get and give support, read success stories, or ask our friendly dentists for advice!

Dental Fear Central – Dental Phobia and Anxiety Support

Are you terrified of the dentist?

Fear and terror
You are not alone! Dental Fear Central is a self-help resource for anyone experiencing dental fears, dental anxiety, or extreme dental phobia.

This website was written by people who know what it’s like. Over the years, we have collected a wealth of information related to a fear of the dentist, and how to overcome it. Hopefully, you will find something within these pages that is of use to you!

About us

Testimonials

What is dental phobia?

Fear of the dentist comes in many guises:

  • Dental anxiety tends to be an ill-defined, anticipatory thing. For example, you may feel anxious because you don’t know what’s going to happen. Uncertainty is a factor in anxiety.
  • Dental fear tends to be far more specific. If somebody has a fear, they’re usually able to tell you exactly what they have a fear of, for example a fear of injections or a fear of pain. Often, a fear will be linked with a past bad experience.
  • Dental phobia is an extreme fear of the dentist. Even the thought or sight of anything dental-related may trigger feelings of anxiety and panic. The fear is so strong that you either avoid the dentist altogether, or you somehow manage to endure dental visits, but only with intense anxiety or fear. Many people who have joined our forum have avoided seeing a dentist for decades, even when in pain. Shame and embarrassment are commonly expressed feelings.

Read more: What is dental phobia?

Some common fears and difficulties include:

On our website, you can find lots of information and support to help you move forward at your own pace to overcome your fears.

Interviews with dentists

We’ve recently published some great interviews with dentists and other professionals who have an interest in helping anxious patients overcome their fears (and more are to follow)! Our latest interviewee is Mike Gow, a dentist at the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow.

Top Tips for Treating Nervous Patients

Dentist Fraser Hendrie shares his tips for helping nervous patients.

Coronavirus Special

Do you need help with broken teeth, fillings that have come out, or crowns that have come loose? Get useful DIY dentistry tips on how to deal with dental emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis!

Difficult Conversations

From the horse’s mouth: how much background info can you disclose to your new dentist?

How much should I tell my new dentist?

Dental Sedation

Are you considering sedation dentistry? Find out about the different types of sedation, and pros and cons:

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Like a Reddit only better: Our Support Forum

People using mobile phones to access the dental phobia support forum

Get and give support, read success stories, or ask our friendly dentists for advice!

We’re always in need of people who are able to answer questions, so if you are a dental professional or a dental student who would like to contribute, you are most welcome to join in.