5 tips on how to cope with dental phobia


Most people are slightly nervous about going to the dentist or any sort of medical appointment and that’s perfectly normal. However, for some, anxiety and fear actually prevents them from going to the dentist and this will eventually impact negatively on their oral health.

Whether it’s due to feeling out of control or trapped when they are in the dentist’s chair, embarrassment about the state of their gums, or a bad experience in their past that was extremely painful, there are a whole host of reasons why some men, women and children can suffer from extreme dental phobia.

Here’s some tips on how to overcome your apprehension about going to the dentist:

  1. Recognise your fears: Understanding your fears is the first step in overcoming them. By articulating exactly what is worrying you – whether it’s the physical sensation or fear about pain – then you can discuss it with your dentist and they can put your fears to rest.
  2. Gradually reduce your fears: Organise a chat with the hygienist where you discuss your typical oral routine and they can give you advice. Feel comfortable about going to the dentist before embarking on more comprehensive dental treatment.
  3. Take someone with you to dental appointments: You don’t have to go it alone. Take a friend or family member with you to your appointments to offer support.
  4. Reward yourself: Even if you’re just attended a check-up with the hygienist, reward yourself with something nice so you start to relate your dental visits with fun activities.
  5. Find a dentist that offers general anaesthetic: Many patients, particularly if they are about to undergo lengthy and comprehensive dental treatment, find the solution in a dentist that offers general anaesthetic.

At CK Dental, we’re one of the only dentists in the UK to offer this solution. To find out more, call us on 0117 906 4868.


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Can hypnosis help you overcome fear of the dentist?

It’s thought that 20% of adults suffer from a dental phobia that makes it impossible for some to see a dentist and undergo basic dental care. A dental phobia may be a result of a negative experience in the past or worries about choking or loss of control.

One possible treatment for dental phobia is hypnosis. Many people are sceptical of the veracity of hypnosis as a treatment option but this is not ‘stage’ hypnosis where you lose control of your body and mind.

Hypnotherapy performed by a responsible professional can be very useful for those who are suffering from an overwhelming fear that is stopping them undergoing dental treatment.

What happens during a hypnosis treatment for dental phobia?

Hypnotherapy works by stopping the patient from focusing on their fear. Through a process of induction, the patient is relaxed until they reach a state of trance. From there, they are talked through the whole dental experience; because they are totally relaxed, they are able to face and explore their fears and confront them head on.

Every stage of the journey is covered, from booking the appointment to undergoing treatment, until the patient feels completely comfortable and can go through the process in real life.

Are there any other ways to treat dental phobia?

Hypnotherapy is one possible option for those patients suffering from dental phobia but there are a number of other avenues you can discuss with your dentist. At CK Dental in Bristol, we’re one of the only dental practices in the UK that can offer dental treatment under general anaesthetic.

At a leading private hospital, your dental treatment can be performed under general anaesthetic, with the whole process monitored by a highly skilled and experienced team. Fir more information, call us on 0117 906 4868.

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What are the consequence of dental phobia?

Apprehension about visiting the dentist is common but a full-blown dental phobia that stops you attending regular dental appointments or undergoing necessary dental care can have serious consequences for your oral health and physical wellbeing as a whole.

Although it can be tempting to put off that regular dental check-up, there can be some serious consequences of not going to the dentist.

What happens if you don’t go the dentist?

#1 Losing your teeth

This might seem very overdramatic but losing your teeth can be a potential consequence of not going to the dentist. Ignoring warning signs and not going for a check-up can have serious implications.

Usually, periodontal disease is easily managed and treated if caught early enough. However, if you avoid dental check-ups then periodontal disease can rapidly develop, resulting in missing teeth.

#2 Excruciating pain

Many people avoid going to the dentist because they are worried about the discomfort associated with dental treatments, but actually avoiding the dentist can actually mean more pain in the long-run.

#3 Bad breath

Gum diseases is a common problem and can eventually result in lost teeth, but before that it can cause painful gums that bleed easily and usually in bad breath.

At CK Dental, we’re very experienced in treating patients that are suffering from dental phobia. Call us on 0117 906 4868 for more information.