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Dealing with a Dental Phobia

The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that, today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat tooth decay or crooked teeth. Over six million people experience some degree of anxiety when they visit the dentist. Two million dental patients are just plain scared, so scared that they suffer shaking, confusion, heart palpitations and changes in speech and blood pressure just thinking about dental treatment. Thanks to many dedicated researchers, we've learned a lot about what causes fear. And we've got the antidotes. Do you have a Dental Phobia? If you, or someone you care about, needs help in coping [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:25:56+00:00December 7th, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dealing with a Dental Phobia

Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head