There is a lot that can be done for easing a fear of the dentist that doesn’t involve special gadgets or medications.

Psychology can help alleviate dental fears - pictured is a consultation room with two chairs

Here are some examples:

Exposure and rehearsals are also frequently used, both in formal and in informal ways, and a few dentists even offer hypnosis.

A lot boils down to personality characteristics – some people are more compassionate than others, and we all know people who just hava knack for making others feel at ease. Another major factor is trust – dentists who strongly believe in your ability to cope well are likely to instill confidence in you.

You can find more information on these psychological strategies by following the links above. Each page also includes practical tips for dentists, which can be used straight away.