dental fear management glen waverley Dental Fear Management Glen Waverley

If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone.

Perhaps you fear the procedure might hurt, or you haven’t been in a while and are not sure what the dentist will see.

Whatever your reason, our Glen Waverley dental team will ensure your dental and your emotional health are well taken care of.

The more you delay (or not go) to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental issues, making the preparation for future dental visits more challenging.

In fact, seeing your dentist on a regular basis can make the whole process much easier.

Causes of Dental Fear

Dental fear can be caused by the following:

  • A traumatic experience from the past
  • fear of pain
  • fear of injections
  • fear of anaesthesia
  • loss of control or helplessness
  • lack of personal space
  • other traumatic experiences, such as abuse
  • generalised anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • the thought that the mouth is a personal area and accessing the mouth is a form of invasion of personal space
  • trust issues
  • fear of loss of control
  • anxiety associated with other conditions, including agoraphobia (fear of being in situations where you feel you can’t escape), claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces), or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where there is an obsession around cleanliness

Tips to Stay Calm

Whether you’re ready to overcome your fear or getting ready for exposure to gradually see the dentist, the following tips can help you stay calm during your dental appointment:

  • Visit your dentist during a lesser busy time of day. There will be fewer patients and fewer tools making noises that could set your anxiety off. The later you visit your dentist, the more time your anxiety will build up in anticipation.
  • Listen to music. Bring noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds to help you relax.
  • Ask someone to accompany you during your dental appointment.
  • Practice deep breathing and other meditation techniques to relax your nerves.

Dental Fear Management in Glen Waverley

Dental fear can affect children and adults, but you can cope with this and keep regular appointments.

Talk to your dentist and discuss possible techniques to help you feel relaxed.

Watching TV, bringing a friend, and even alternative therapies like hypnosis might calm your nerves, allowing you to get through appointments with less fear.


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To request an appointment with your Glen Waverley dentist, call us on (03) 9887 8787 or schedule an appointment online.

We are located at 230 Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.