Many people have a fear of their dentist and many often avoid seeing one for as long as they can. It seems to me that most of these people's fears are either bad experiences at the dentist or are simply irrational. I attend my dental practice every six months and have never had a problem visiting my dentist. I have had x-rays, my wisdom teeth have been rolled out and my teeth have been polished but the one thing I have never had done is a filling.
From speaking to my friends and family most people seem to have a problem with fillings. I've heard tales of giant needles being plunged into gums and then the age-old story of the anesthetic not working as your teeth are dropped from your mouth. Having never experienced a filling I can not tell if these are exaggerations or not but if you do suffer from dental practice phobia it can effect you badly as many people put off seeing the dentist altogether.
Avoiding going to the dentist can be very bad for your dental hygiene. Failure to visit the dentist can result in tooth decay and gum disease. If these conditions are not appreciated they will result in tooth decay which is not only painful but causes bad breath and will eventually result in teeth having to be removed. Dentists also notice other changes in your mouth and can be the first to notice developments of mouth cancer and can there save your life.
For these reasons dental procedures are looking for ways to overcome dental anxiety in order to get people to come back to the dentist. They have been offering patients the opportunity to discuss their fears with their dentist and the possible solutions to overcome these fears. Many practices that have their own branded dental plans will offer different types of sedation, either inhalation or intravenous, as well as options like counseling services, hypnotherapy and distraction techniques.