Dental Phobia Help and Support

Are you filled with a feeling of dread or terror at the thought of visiting a dentist?

Being afraid 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 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.

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!

On our website and forum you will find lots of information about the different kinds of fears that people experience, and tips for dealing with each of them.

“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.”

Are you a dental professional who is interested in helping people overcome their fears and phobias?

Dental Fear Central offers a wealth of information for dental professionals.

We are really keen to build up a network of interested dental professionals in the UK and Ireland (and elsewhere), so please don’t hesitate to get in touch or to post on our forum!

“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.”

Dental Fear Central’s main areas include:

  • Our Dental Phobia Support Forum – the most active web-wide. Get support from fellow (ex-)phobics or ask our friendly dentists!
  • The Common Fears section explains some of the most common dental phobias and fears and provides tips for dealing with each of them.
  • The What Can Help section contains
  • Tips for Dentists and other professionals who are interested in dental phobia and helping people overcome their fears.
  • The Dental FAQ section explains how to care for your teeth, how common dental procedures work, and gives useful DIY dentistry tips.
  • The Links section provides links to useful dental phobia and dentistry resources elsewhere on the web.

“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.”