How to overcome crippling dental phobia
Many people postpone dental visits until the last of the crippling dental phobia. Therefore, the former chief Executive of the Ministry of health of Ukraine Ulyana Suprun told how to overcome this fear.
Ulyana Suprun on his page in Facebook said about fear visit to the dentist – a crippling dental phobia or odontophobia – which can lead to serious health problems of the gums and teeth. Exceedance noted that the sense of panic and danger through dental procedures in the manual for diagnosis of mental diseases (DSM-4) relates to specific phobias.
The crippling dental phobia is quite common worldwide and affects 13% to 24% of people on the planet.
This fear often aktiviziruyutsya through the sound of the drill tool for drilling, which is often used by dentists in their work. Anxiety can also be triggered by the form of needles or drills, screams of other patients, specific odors that are most often felt in the dental office and the like. Among the symptoms that accompany a crippling dental phobia, shall include: excessive sweating, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, nausea, irrational fear, feeling of panic, shortness of breath and dry mouth, anxiety and panic attacks, anxiety and tremors.
In order to overcome the crippling dental phobia, use:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (which is also used for dealing with other phobias), which aims to change negative thoughts, actions, and settings that arise in connection with the visit to the dentist and dental treatment.
- Relaxation techniques – deep breathing techniques or meditation.
- The use of various drugs – sedatives, analgesia, anesthesia, drug-induced sleep, and more.
In addition, people themselves can contribute to reducing fear of dental visits. To do this, Suprun listed the following “techniques”:
- Find a doctor who has experience with patients with such a phobia.
- Visit his office to meet and inspect the premises. Speak with your doctor about your fears.
- Choose the early hours to visit a doctor to avoid oppressive expectations and the associated excessive stress.
- Invite a loved one, which if necessary can be there during the visit.
- Agree a signal with the dentist to tell you that you need a break. This can be a simple hand gesture, which will give you confidence and a sense of control over the situation.
- Possible start treatment with less invasive procedures. The growth of trust to the doctor and establish contact with him, you can continue to work with more serious problems.