Dental phobia” and “dentist phobia” are common terms used to identify a moderate to severe fear of the dentist. While these terms have become increasingly accepted and widely used, they are not accurate.
The first thing to remember when you confront your fear of the dentist is that dentists themselves are medical professionals and specifically trained to deal with
patients who are anxious. It also worth bearing in mind that your dentist will have seen countless patients who are nervous during their treatment, and that you be far
from the worst case that they have ever dealt with.
Therapy and counselling. These both include sitting down and talking to somebody face to face about your fear. You could try to talk about why you have this fear, perhaps events in the past that have triggered it, and learn to accept your fear and face it gradually, to try and see things in a more positive light. Many patients may be put off by what they see as a social taboo against counselling, but this is far from the truth. Counselling helps people from all over the world overcome all sorts of different fears, and is proven to be a very effective way of overcoming a phobia.
Finding a dentist who understands that you are anxious and will work with you will increase your comfort. Many dentists offer practices specifically targeted towards fearful people and offer a variety of solutions that may include sedation, hypnosis, and lots of reassurance. Talk to people you know about their dentists to find one who is sympathetic. Schedule an office visit to meet the dentist without doing any dental work. This will give you an opportunity to evaluate the office. Be prepared to pay for the dentist's time. If the office finds this a strange request, move on -- this is not the dentist for you.
However, the best advances have been made with medicines, which can help patients relax so they can get through a procedure calmly and comfortably. Medications also alleviate pain. And more and more patients are seeking sedation (or sleep) dentistry, in which they can sleep soundly while the dentist completes all necessary work in a single visit.