Fear of the dentist

Written by: Dr. Fernando A. German
Published: | Updated: 14/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

It is estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of the population experiences anxiety when they have to go to the dentist , which may lead them to cancel or postpone their appointment with the specialist and have negative effects on their dental health.

Normally, this fear usually has its origin in traumatic experiences.P eople suffering from fear of the dentist recognize that the origin of this apprehension is in childhood and adolescence as a result of a dramatic experience.

However, there are also cases of people who admit having felt relaxed for a certain time and then have developed fear throughout a treatment and there are even cases of people suffering from the phobia without ever going through the dentist's office.In our current experience, most people who visit us panic to the dentist from previous experiences that have been traumatic not only for pain but for personal treatment.

It should also be taken into account that each patient has a different perception of pain , and what for some can be a harmless procedure, for others it can be extraordinarily annoying.

The pain or discomfort may be rooted in the mind and although it is totally anesthetized the perception of that "pain" is felt in a living and complete way.In the youngest ones, it is important to create a family environment in which regular visits to the dentist are encouraged and a positive attitude towards dental care to avoid that in the youngest the phobia of the dentist appears.  

Alternative treatments

Sedation is a quick and painless alternative that causes total numbness ( intravenous sedation ), safe and controlled for as long as it is needed.

Conscious gaseous sedation can also be performed, which produces a feeling of well-being and relaxation with will and cooperation, being awake during the session and relaxed.

With one visit you can achieve 90% of the treatment.

Complex treatments that require several visits can be completed in a single session with Intravenous Sedation since the patient lives this experience without realizing it and upon awakening the treatment is completed.

Your experience is only 15 -20 minutes even if it has been 2 hours.

Gaseous sedation is used to relax and be comfortable in each session and have no subsequent consequences as it ceases to have effect within minutes of being applied.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Fernando A. German

By Dr. Fernando A. German

He is an expert in oral surgery and bone reconstruction and dental phobia. This trained at prestigious universities like New York University.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection