Why People Are So Afraid Of Dentists

by | Apr 5, 2013 | Dentists

If you are afraid to go to the dentist you are not alone. So many people simply HATE to go to the dentist. Why is there such a fear of the dentist and why do people dread going to see them so much? Let’s look at this for a minute and try to figure out the answer to this question.

Typically once someone finds out it is time for them to go to the dentist or they are having some sort of problem with their teeth and gums and have to make an unexpected trip to the dentist, we all begin to dread it with all that we are. Perhaps it is because we do not like pain and we associate the dentist with pain? Or maybe we don’t like to have anyone looking in our mouths? Perhaps it is because we do not like it when we are not in control of a situation? These are just a few reasons why people are afraid to go see the dentist. There are many more we haven’t even touched on.

I think that the dentist and his office are all just too intimidating for most people. When we walk in to the dentist office the first thing we notice is that all too familiar dental office smell. That smell alone is enough to make some folks begin to shake in their shoes. Next, we walk up to the receptionist to let her know we have arrived. Soon after we have finally settled down a bit and begun to read an interesting article in a magazine, the dental assistant comes out into the waiting room and calls our name! Oh no! It’s our turn to go!

As we walk into the dentist’s exam room we are bombarded by all the sharp metal object lying there just waiting for us. This in itself is one of the most intimidating feelings because we know that all those objects are going to cause us pain.

If you are afraid of the dentist, I would suggest that you not be. All of us know that once we have the procedures done that they are typically not near as bad as we thought they were going to be. We have spent all that time worrying, dreading and nearly making our selves sick for nothing. I would suggest if you have issues about going to the dentist that you sit down with your Dentist in Phoenix and talk about these issues. After talking with your dentist about your fears, you are sure to be alright with going to visit him next time. Also, if you don’t want to feel any pain on your next dental visit you should probably give sedation dentistry a try!


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