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How to Face Your Fear and Conquer Dental Dread

An empty dentist's office and chair. A place where many experience dental dread.

Conquer Dental Dread

If you know me, you know that I am a straightforward person. I tend to be a mix of an extrovert and a bit of an introvert. I have no problem standing in front of hundreds of people and speak about something I am passionate about.

In the past, I have gotten on a horse and went riding in the mountains of Costa Rica; I have even swum with sharks!

While all of these things induce heightened emotions and dare I say, fear–I would much rather do any of these in a heartbeat than go to the dentist.

Heck, I’d even jump out of a plane.

I consider myself to be a pretty brave person in most circumstances but, going to the dentist is not one of them. My husband shakes his head every time I get a phone call from the dentist.

I hit ignore and he gives me blank stares when he hears me call the dentist and I re-schedule my appointments multiple times.

Though I eventually muster up the courage to go, one thing is for sure, I am not alone in my dental dread.

Overcome Your Fear

Did you know nearly 50% of all Canadians suffer from dental dread?  For me, it’s recalling all the time I spent in the dentist’s chair in my youth.

I had the longest and strongest roots in my teeth that you could imagine.

My parents would use every single method they could think of to try to extract my baby teeth to no avail. When pliers, string, fruit, gum and everything else you can imagine didn’t work, they would accept their defeat and head to the dentist with me in tow.

I had every single baby tooth removed by a dentist. If you know about extractions, you know that means that I’ve seen a whole lot of needles in my day.

The sound of drilling, bright white lights and that sterile cold feeling always gives me goosebumps. Apart from the pain and discomfort, the worst part of it all was when they froze my gums.

I loathed the feeling of being frozen and having to wait for hours to feel normal again.

The last time that I had to face the needle was when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

I left the dentist swollen, in pain and FROZEN.

A national survey recently conducted for Septodont (the world’s leading manufacturer of oral freezing products) revealed that while almost 25% of Millennials (aged 18-34) are most likely to avoid the dentist.

This is due to the discomfort of dental freezing.

3 out of 4 Canadians have a keen interest in hearing options on reducing dental freezing time.

Dental Dread Infographic - 2.11.2016

What Sparks Your Dread?

If you’re like me and it is negative memories you harbour or if the mere sound and smell of the dentist makes you want to run for the nearest door–you have options!

Septodont provides a product that significantly reduces unwanted lingering soft tissue anesthesia after routine dental procedures.  You, my fellow Canucks, don’t have to fear the dentist anymore!

How to Conquer Dental Dread:

  • Breathe. Relax and look back on experiences to see what may be the trigger.
  • Acknowledging your fears may help you to overcome them.
  • Know that dental procedures have improved over the years. Especially if you had a negative childhood memory!
  • Find a highly-recommended dentist from people you know. It will help keep you at ease.
  • Ask a friend or loved one to accompany you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or a walkthrough of the procedure.
  • Keep up with good dental hygiene and dental visits to prevent problems.
  • You have options to help reduce freezing time, just ask your dentist!

Make sure to ask your doctor about how you can reduce dental freezing and how it can help you! After all, no one likes experiencing #DentalDread! Now, you know how you can conquer it!

How do you beat dental dread?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. Freezing at the Dentist make me sick for days after,if at all possible i rather not have the freezing and suffer the stort term pain !

  2. for me the biggest fear is driving to the city and making it to the dentist…our dentist has moved quite a few times in the years we've been with him…he's quite the drive to get to him now and the parking is very very limited as its in a strip mall that has three fast food places in it. Then theres that cost….I am lucky to have insurance with my workplace and only pay 20% but not everything is covered (like my sons braces that cost $4500 when he was 16, and that was 7 yrs ago) The sounds and how hard it is for me to recover is actually third place ..mostly my dentist is great, with very little pain during the process but afterwards I suffer for days

  3. I am terrified of the dentist. I haven't been in so long because I just can't even muster up the courage to call and make an appointment.

  4. I am lucky I have no fear of the dentist but I have a friend who is terrified!! She has to take medication to help her relax so she can open her mouth!

  5. I use to hate going to the dentist. I finally got over my fear of that a couple years ago. I think for me it was the fact that I didn't go for years and when I did I hated it..but after going more often I got use to it and realized it's really not bad. I enjoy the feeling after getting my teeth cleaned too. I have no problem going to the dentist anymore thankfully.

  6. Great tips. Dental appointments are never fun and always so scary. I'm so thankful that most dentist office have options for those of us who are a little scared. – Sarah

  7. I am not really scared of the dentist but I have had a lot of work done and it is the most unpleasant thing that I have felt. Just having a tooth pulled or drilled gives me goosebumps.

  8. Not my favourite thing to do but I am slowly overcoming my fear. I had a TERRIBLE experience getting my wisdom teeth out so every since them it has been a fear.

  9. I don't remember ever dreading the dentist. I like having my teeth fresh and clean. My kids have never really had a fear either thankfully!

  10. Thankfully, I have never been bothered by the dentist. But my mother hates the dentist, and she gets so worked up that she will have a panic attack before she goes. I will have to share this with her.

  11. I am terrified of the dentist … well… I was. I hadn’t been in 15 years (yes, you read that correctly) but actually went last week because I had a toothache that wouldn’t quit. I had two cavities that were fixed within two days, my teeth got cleaned, and I walked out without fear. Breathe … just breathe … Fantastic post!

  12. These are very helpful tips! I'm lucky I don't fear going to the dentist even when I was a kid. Also found an awesome dentist my kids all love.

  13. Great info on how to overcome this fear! Some suffer from it and some don't. Its also important, that no matter our fears, to not let our children see it! It's not a good start when they fear the dentist right out of the gate!

  14. I had braces for four years as a teen. I hated going for my appointments to have them tightened. I am so nervous when i know i have to get a needle. I found a great dentist in my area that offers sleep dentistry. It has been a great help.

  15. These are great tips! I wouldn't have though the percentage was so high! I can actually say that I have never dreaded going to the dentist 😉

  16. This post had me laughing in irony. I've been hurting for a few weeks now because of my tooth but I hate going to the dentist so MUCH! But I was brave and made an appointment (mostly because the pain is too much lol).

  17. Such great info. Honestly, although I dread going to the dentist, I always make sure not to miss any appointments because I know how important having healthy teeth is.

  18. Omg what great tips! I don’t mind the dentist at all. However I do know so many people who are super afraid of the dentist

  19. That is kind of insane that you had to have every one of your baby tooth removed by the dentist. Those were some really strong roots you had there, hopefully your adult teeth have the same trait. Luckily, most of the time dentists don't have to use needles when you go in to see them. They just clean/inspect your teeth and let you go.

  20. Great tips honestly I prefer doing pretty much anything but going to the dentist , I have had a couple nightmare experiences , like very bad so I really have to calm myself to go.

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