Coping With Dental Fear

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It’s normal to have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist, especially if you’re expecting bad news. For many others, however, this anxiety rises to the level of fear/phobia. These patients may experience advanced signs of stress such as shaking, confusion, heart palpitations, or changes in blood pressure. Unfortunately, this fear causes many to avoid the dentist altogether.

If you or someone you care about needs help in coping with dental fear, we’ve got some suggestions. Know that we’re here to help, and we can treat fear as successfully as we treat teeth!

Tips for Coping with Dental Fear

  • Bring a friend or relative. You’ll feel more relaxed and assured knowing you have some support.
  • Make an appointment early in the day. Being well-rested helps reduce stress, and you’ll have less time beforehand to worry.
  • Be positive and practice positive self-talk. Think about obstacles or adversities you’ve overcome in the past and tell yourself, “I can do this. This is nothing!” Also, concentrate on the benefits of addressing dental problems and improving oral health.
  • Avoid mentioning your appointment unnecessarily. Others can be quick to share a bad experience, not knowing they are causing you extra stress or anxiety.
  • Share your anxieties with our team. We have additional strategies for coping with dental fear, and we’re always happy to take it slow, explain the process, and make sure you are 100% comfortable during treatment!

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.