Dental Phobia: 7 Common Fears, And How To Conquer Them

Posted on: April 16, 2018

DentalDental phobia is more common than most assume.  Patients have all sorts of fears about dental treatments, procedures and even cleanings.  Below, Siegert Dental takes a look at some of the more common dental phobias and how to overcome them.

7 Common dental fears and helpful tips to overcome them

1. Some Patients Simply do not Trust the Dentist

The dentist you select matters a great deal.  Find a dentist you have a rapport with and you will not worry as much about your appointments.  Your dentist should be understanding, civil, friendly and more than willing to treat you in a manner that eases your fears.

2. Patients Fear Dental Instruments

Some patients cannot relax while in the dentist’s chair since they experience extreme fear at the prospect of dental tools.  If you just cannot settle down due to nervousness about the upcoming treatment, implement some relaxation techniques. Work on your breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization and possibly even self-hypnosis.

3. Dental Phobia Exists in the Form of a Fear of the Unexpected

It is completely understandable to have a fear of the unknown or unexpected.  Some patients have had bad experiences at the dentist’s office in the past. Those bad experiences have the potential to traumatize patients to the point that they have an overwhelming fear of what might happen when in the dentist’s chair.  Be sure to explain your fears to the dentist prior to the start of treatment so he or she is fully aware of your uneasiness.

4. Patients Fear Having no Control

There is a general fear amongst patients that they will not be able to stop the dental treatment or procedure when desired.  Work out a signaling system with your dentist. Come up with a sign that indicates you need a break so you can let the dentist know to temporarily halt treatment. This little bit of control over the treatment process really can go a long way in managing your dental phobia.

5. Dental Phobia: A Fear of Needles

Dentists often insert fairly large needles in the mouth in order to anesthetize the patient against potential pain caused by the procedure.  If you are afraid of needles, the dental wand system will help. This is a computer-aided injection system. It might also be possible to use a numbing gel to numb the gums prior to the injection.

6. Fear of Discomfort and Remembering the Details of the Surgery

If you are fearful of potential pain and/or simply do not want to remember any portion of an oral surgery, consider sedation dentistry.  Inhalation sedation or intravenous sedation will put you in a calm state so there is no awareness of your dental phobia.

7. A General Overarching Fear Applicable to Everything Dental

Some patients dread every aspect of visiting the dentist from the examination to the cleaning, procedures and beyond.  If you have such an overarching fear that you cannot manage, it is time to consult with a professional psychologist or therapist for assistance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Siegert Dental, request an appointment in our Onalaska dental office here: Or call us at (608) 466-4227.

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