Dental Cleaning Prevention Vernon Hills, IL9%-20% of Americans completely avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Dental phobia is a universal fear but goes beyond general anxiety. With a dental phobia, you felt panicked and terrified over the very thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair. Those with dental phobia understand that their fear is unfounded but are unable to do anything about it.

Symptoms of dental phobia

Signs of dental phobia include: getting physically ill or crying by the thought of visiting the dentist, feeling escalating nervousness before a dental visit, and trouble sleeping the day before a dental exam. Dental phobia can be caused by fear of pain, fear of injections or injections not working properly, fear of side effects, fear of not having control, and fear of losing personal space, among other things.

Talk to your dentist to ease your anxiety

If you have dental phobia, the first step is to speak with your dentist about your fears. Whether it is a fear of needles or a fear of feeling helpless, all of your concerns are valid. If your dentist doesn’t take your anxiety seriously, you should consider finding a new provider.

During your discussion with your dentist, tell them why you are afraid and how it makes you feel. This will help your dentist better understand the best way to help you feel less scared during your dental visits. For instance, if a lack of control is a big fear of yours, have your dentist tell you about the procedure before you have it done. They will talk you through the process step by step, so you understand what is happening and when it is occurring.

An additional strategy is to identify a signal to give your dentist when you want them to stop immediately. For example, raising your hand can indicate that you need them to stop so you can rinse your mouth or catch your breath.

Schedule a consultation

Contact our office today to arrange your dental consultation with Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin. Our goal is to help you feel at ease and relaxed during your dental exam or procedure. You can reach our team at 847-367-6760.