You might not recognise the word ‘odontophobia’ but you may very well be aware of the fear and panic the condition all too often instils in many people. So many adults out there are terrified of going to visit dentists in Manchester and elsewhere, but luckily there is a lot you can do to manage your fear and make your next trip a lot easier.
For some, fear is triggered by the noise the drill makes, the thought of potential pain or the mere idea of having needles in their mouth, while for others the loss of control is what scares them the most. These fears typically develop during childhood as the result of a traumatic experience, which is why so many older people hate going to the dentist since treatments have come a long way in the last couple of decades.
If you are particularly nervous then you will find us very sympathetic. We have ways to help you manage your fears so you can get the dental treatment you need. If your phobia is awful, however, you could think about going for some cognitive behavioural therapy to help you overcome your condition entirely.
There are other ways you could calm yourself down before a trip to the dentist, such as trying out some yogic exercises before sitting in the chair or listening to some of your favourite music while your dentist has a look at your teeth. Just remember this – you are not alone and many people in the UK have the exact same fears as you do.