Whether you are someone who gets sweaty palms at the thought of a dentist's drill, hyperventilates the moment you lay eyes on a dental syringe, or simply gets butterflies in your stomach before going to the dentist, this program can benefit you. Anxiety free dentistry should not be complicated. Studies show that over 40% of all people have a fear of dentistry. Other research demonstrates that having poor oral health can decrease your life expectancy by five years.
Fear of the dentist can have many causes, some of which are objective, and others of which are subjective. For example, if you once experienced a great deal of pain while having a tooth pulled, the next time you need an extraction, you will likely be fearful because of your previous experience. This is subjective fear. On the other hand, if you later told a friend about your bad experience, and he subsequently became fearful when faced with a tooth extraction, this would be subjective fear.
Fear in and of itself is not bad. We are all born with certain fears that protect us, such as the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Fear stops us from doing dangerous things. The purpose of this series is to put fear in its proper perspective so that you can have a relaxed experience at every dental visit and enjoy the benefits of having healthy teeth and gums. No fear dentistry is the mindset you'll have the next time you step foot inside a dentist.