Why do we fear the dentist?

October 16th, 2017

According to the NHS Choices website, one in four of us dreads a trip to the dentist. Why should this be we wondered (appreciating that we’re a bit biased!).

Anxiety about visiting the dentist can manifest itself in a range of ways – from slight unease (which is totally normal) through to acute panic attacks. A person can be said to have a dental phobia, (also known as odontophobia or dentophobia) if they won’t go to the dentist even when they need treatment.

Often, being afraid of visiting the dentist stems from concerns that an examination or treatment will hurt, but dental procedures and technology have improved so much over the years that most visits should be totally pain free. It’s important to say that we dentists are very conscious of the apprehension that patients may feel and will always work to make a visit as stress-free as possible.

If you have any concerns about your visit to Coppice View, then please give us a call. We’re very happy to chat to you about what’s involved during an examination or a specific procedure.


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