How can I get over the phobia caused by bad experiences?
25th July 2011
A. Youve made a good start by asking a question here . What you have said raises a few different issues . how bad is your anxiety when you get to the dentist ,is it a full blown panic attack? If it is then I suggest you go to Anxiety uk and look at some resources to help to deal with that . Dentistry has changed a lot since you were 27. Until you can get to a dentist you are imagining what might happen Some assumptions are that the dentist will belittle you ,you wont be able to get through the door , this probably wont happen . You imagine you will have to have complete dentures , that may well not be true . You imagine you wont be able to afford them , but you dont know that till you find out . make a plan which you write down Find a dentist who is happy to take on nervous patients Perhaps get someone to go with you . Dont be ashamed your situation is more common than you think , people just dont talk about it . Ask about your options and consider what to have done . Ask about how to pay. Finding out the true condition of your teeth at least gives you a starting place , and a consultation doesnt committ you to any further steps unless you want to . Good luck ,facing your fears could lead to a better quality of life