Dental Phobia

Teddy Bears and Lollipops: 4 facts that can help you overcome dental phobia

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Many people are terrified of going to the dentist. Singapore dental clinic SmileFocus helps you shake off dental phobia.

People who suffer from dental phobia would rather endure a toothache than have it checked, and even a simple prophylaxis or dental cleaning (a procedure that’s far less painful than having blackheads pricked) sends shudders down the spine. Others experience such anxiety that they’ll only seek treatment if the pain is unbearable. However, dentist phobia is unfounded.

New procedures are quicker and less painful

Thanks to advancements in dental equipment, anesthesia and pain management, dentists can treat problems much more gently yet efficiently than they did decades ago. For example, the “metal mouth” braces from the 1980s are a far cry from the newer teeth straightening options like Invisalign or Cfast. Even root canals are now no more uncomfortable than replacing a filling.
So instead of dreading or even avoiding the dentist, work with her. Ask for information and discuss your concerns. The dentists at Smilefocus are happy to explain what will happen during the treatment, discuss pain management and dispel any myths that may be feeding your phobia.

The fears are fed by our imagination

Psychologists say that dental phobia is often fed by the feeling of lack of control. People feel helpless lying down in a dentist’s chair surrounded by unfamiliar equipment and unable to see or expect what will be done during the dental treatment. This has nothing to do with the actual treatment but with worst case scenarios that run through their head while being in a vulnerable physical position.
The best approach is to recognize this fear for what it is – imagination running wild – and use calming or visualization techniques to push them away. Try deep breathing, positive visualization, watching TV, or listening to your favorite playlist during the procedure.

Dental care improves your life

Oral health problems don’t just affect your teeth and gums. Studies link gum disease to illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Untreated tooth decay can cause bad breath. We also know the power of a beautiful smile in boosting confidence and self-image.

Trust your dentist – she’s here to help!

One way to dispel dental phobia is to realize that she is on your side. She is not a monster and the instruments are not instruments of torture but breakthrough technology that can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile. Instead of thinking of the possible pain think of the results that you will achieve – and trust your dentist to take all the necessary steps to fix the problem with as little discomfort as possible.

Schedule your appointment with Smilefocus and take the first step to overcome dental phobia and taking charge of your oral health. You can book an appointment online or visit their clinic at Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore, 248649. Find directions and phone numbers for individual services here.

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