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Conquer Your Fear of the Dentist

Conquer Your Fear of the Dentist

If the buzzing sound of a dental drill or the latex smell of the office gives you familiar chills, rather than making a dental appointment, you’re not alone. Millions of people avoid getting necessary treatment because they fear going to the dentist. Although there may be many reasons for your anxiety, however, modern dentistry and those trained to help dental-phobic patients can make facing your fears less frightening than you think.

Cause of the Fear

Someone with an intense fear of the dentist is usually reacting to memories of a past unpleasant experience, whether it’s the result of a painful incident or similarly upsetting life event. Those who experience mild anxiety before a dental appointment, on the other hand, may just be nervous about a procedure they have yet to experience. Still others equate a dental visit with pain because their last experience wasn’t as pleasant as today’s pain-free dentistry allows.

Fear of needles or a sensitive gag reflex can also cause people to avoid going to the dentist, as can the embarrassment of someone seeing the condition of their teeth if they haven’t been treated in a while. Feelings of helplessness or loss of control when in the dental chair can create phobias as well. They can even come out of flippant or insensitive remarks by a dentist or another staff member. Keep in mind the apprehension of going to the dentist can also be learned and passed down from parent to child.


Facing Your Fear

If you haven’t been to a dentist for over a year because of a deep-seated fear, your teeth and gums may be paying the price. The good news is Dr. Jaleel understand these fears and has plenty of experience making dental appointments more comfortable for their patients. Whether you suffer paralyzing fear of the dentist or experience just a little apprehension, here are a few suggestions that can help make your next dental visit a positive experience

1. Ask friends and family.

If you don’t already have a dentist, ask people you trust about their own dentist and if they are happy with their provider. Word of mouth is a great way to find a good dentist.

2. Search for a dentist online.

Many dental offices have web sites where you can learn about their practices, the type of services they offer, meet the staff and learn what values and goals the practice wants to achieve with patients. If you have found a few dental practices that look promising, ask friends and neighbors if they are patients or if they know anything about them. We welcome you to come in for a visit and speak to the members of our team.

3. Talk about your feelings.

Another important point to remember is to communicate with Dr. Jaleel and the staff. Don’t be shy! You are not the first patient who ever felt nervous or anxious. Convey your concerns and fears before a procedure or if you experience any discomfort during your visit. It is very important to have clear and open communication with your dental professional. Talking will make your dental experience more relaxed and pleasant.

4. Ask questions.

Ask our dental team to inform you about the type of dental treatment they recommend based upon your unique oral health needs. Once a treatment plan has been developed, ask your dentist to explain the procedures in detail. Knowing what to expect before it happens can help put your mind at ease.

5. Relax.

If you are uptight or nervous prior to a procedure, talk to Dr. Jaleel about ways to make the experience easier. Nitrous oxide or other medications to help you relax can be prescribed depending on the level of your anxiety. We will make every effort to make your visit comforting and stress-free.



Conquer Your Fear of the Dentist

Conquer Your Fear of the Dentist

If a visit to your dentist is always a white-knuckle experience, you’re not alone. Studies show that between 10 and 40 % of the population experience some degree of dental anxiety. Feeling anxious about your dental appointment is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not your fault, and it’s not punishment from the tooth fairy. Fear of the dentist can range from a sense of uneasiness and butterflies-in the-stomach to a diagnosed mental health issue known as dental phobia. People who have dental phobia aren’t merely anxious, they’re terrified or panic-stricken. Whether mild or extreme, dental anxiety or phobia can cause those who experience it to put off routine oral health care and end up with gum disease, tooth loss and other dental problems. As well, growing evidence shows a possible link between gum disease and a variety of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and respiratory disorders.

Why so anxious?

One of the most common reasons for avoiding the dentist is the fear of pain. This usually stems from a previous bad experience. The fear can be intensified by listening to dental horror stories told by family and friends. Everybody has an Aunt Jane or Uncle Bill who love to tell tales about how their experience was worse than anybody else’s, so you build up your own fears based on their experiences. Some people are also uncomfortable with the physical nearness of the dentist or hygienist, especially if they’re embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth or poor oral hygiene. Feelings of helplessness and lack of control in the dental chair can also be factors. Dr. Jaleel wants to ensure you and your family have a positive experience at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic. Read what some of our patients are saying about our dental service. Our Testimonials page is here to settle some of those nerves.


Speak up

Discuss your concerns and fears with Dr. Jaleel and the rest of the team. We will work with you to determine what type of help you need. Do you need sedation or just some hand-holding? If your child has anxieties, it’s important to give Dr. Jaleel the heads-up before the appointment so our team can properly prepare for it. There are a number of different things we can do to create a more comfortable environment for the child. Call us today to about how we can help manage your children’s fear of the dentist.

Set yourself up for success

Book your appointments at a time when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure (weekends or at the end of the work day, for example). If the appointment is for your child, schedule it for a time when he or she is well-rested and, therefore, a little bit more comfortable.

Find the right dental home

Looking for a dentist in Ottawa? Call our office and ask for a “meet and-greet.” We will be happy to offer you and your children a tour of our facility. We want to make sure you feel comfortable in the clinic and at ease in the dental environment. Read more about the introductory tour we offer in our Children section. We really hope to hear from you soon.



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Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3

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