Dental anxiety and phobia are disorders causing people to avoid dentists and important dental treatments. People suffering with anxiety experience increased stress and nervousness when at the dental office and are therefore reluctant to visit the dentist.
Realize that others share your fears and are ready to help you overcome them through self-help and peer support groups, some of which are online. Professional psychological counseling and psychotherapy also are available for more serious cases.
Identify your fears and educate yourself about realistic and unrealistic expectations, possible treatment options and what they involve, how to find the right dentist, areas of specialty, etc. Discuss your treatment with your dentist so you will know exactly what to expect. Ask for information you can read at home, and conduct research online.
Choose a dental team with the technological-savvy, tools and skills to make you feel safe and well cared for; one that possesses the patience and expertise to reassuringly guide you through the treatment plan.