We know how daunting dental treatment can be. Our Dental Phobia certified experts are here to help ease your mind before treatment by answering your questions.
I can’t sleep thinking about my appointment, help?
Hi There :)
I am petrified of the dentist and as a result my teeth are in bad condition and i have lost some and also have a front chipped tooth, I have finally mustered up the courage and made an appointment for next week however i am so scared its unreal i cant even sleep is there any kind words you can give me to stop me panicing so much i would be very grateful many thanks for reading this.
A. It is of course natural to be anxious having not seen a dentist for a long time. The impor...
How do I cure my 6 year old’s dental phobia?
Dr. Jennifer, Iam a concerned mother a a 6year old boy, he's beginning to develop a phobia of cleaning his teeth, its getting worse though, as now I only manage to clean them once every couple and days, I dont know what to do. Detentist vistits are a nightmare as well as he screams and kicked off. Please tell me what to do as I av no further ideas!!
A. I think that you need to take a step back here .
I dont know your child so any tips I giv...
I need new teeth after suffering with bulimia but too scared, help?
Hi I suffered with bulimia for 4years during secondary school and now at the age of 21 my teeth are really showing the affects of my illness. Iv been on the road to recovery and doing really well. My parents have offered to pay to get veneers fitted to help boost my confidence but linked with my illness I have a huge phobia about things going in my mouth which makes me terrified of the dentist, do you have any tips on how to overcome this?
A. Im glad you are on the road to recovery , and feel able to try to get your teeth sorted ou...
I need new teeth after 18years of liver disease, but iam too scared help?
After having liver disease for 18years I have finally had a successful transplant. My old liver prevented my body from absorbing calcium and vitamin D leaving the condition of my teeth to go downhill. I need to get them fixed as the are cracked, chipped, decayed you name it. Only trouble is that I have a massive phobia of the dentist, I know I need to go and get them fixed but I just cant, please help?
A. Thank goodness your transplant has been successful.
Presumably you are on immunosuppresan...
Is she checking my teeth properly?
hi, Iam not scared of the dentist but I get really panicked when the put those metal probes into my mouth. It's gotten so bad that my dentist doesn't even put anything init my mouth anymore, she just has a look. Surely she cant be doing a proper job?! Especially since my appointments only last around 2/3 minutes
Please tell me how to get over this so then I can get my teeth checked over properly, thanks in advance
A. Dear Sir/madam
It is important that your gums as well as teeth are checked, and although y...
Would I be able to get a root canal without having to have a injection?
Quick question for you, would I be able to get a root canal without having to have a injection? I av been told that in desperate need of one but i keep putting it off as Iam terrified of needles and would prefer to do the procedure with no pain relief rather than having to have a needle jabbed into to mouth. Is this possible? Thanks for your time
A. Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for explaining your concern. You specifically mention an injectio...
What is it that I am actually scared of?
Hello experts, I don't have a fear of going to the dentist because Iam fine when I book the appointment, get there and sit down. It's as soon as they put anything in my mouth, especially the little metal bits. Is this normal? If so any pointers on helping me overcome this? Thanks so much and I hope that you can help me
A. Thank you for taking the time to ask your question. Getting there is half the solution .
How can I get over the phobia caused by bad experiences?
Following a number of bad encounters with dentists, starting when I was around 8, I have ended up in the situation where I cannot walk into a dentists without going into a complete panic attack. After not visiting a dentist for in excess of 20 years, my teeth are now in an extremely poor state and I am extremely embarrased at the state of what is left of them. I am presuming that I have bad gum disease and I have lost several teeth already. It is very difficult for me to come to terms with all of this but each time I think of going to the dentist, I start to think a. I am not going to get through the door, and b. the dentist is in some way going to belittle me about the state of my teeth at which point I will probably just get up and never go back again .. ending up eating soft food for the rest of my life. As a grown man of 47, it seems really stupid ... but I know that I need to see a dentist but am not sure how I would even go about it or face up to the challenge of walking in and being berated by them!!! Plus I am presuming that I would have to have all my teeth removed .. and false ones fitted .. which would cost more probably than I could afford ... sorry for rambling .. but even the thought of being on a dental site is making me nervous ...
Any help or advice you can offer would be most appreciated
A. Youve made a good start by asking a question here .
What you have said raises a few differ...