How to overcome the fear of the dentist

Fear of the dentist is a much more common occurrence than we imagine. There is a percentage of the population unable to go to the dental clinic because of this fear, and that just thinking about it generates anxiety, so the fear is able to make it impossible for the patient to have a healthy oral health.

By not having dental diagnosis or dental treatment the state of dental health will suffer a gradual deterioration, and that can trigger in the patient multiple pathologies that, in turn, can be so aggressive that they can lead to the loss of teeth and destruction of teeth. Other structures.

When the patient is aware of being paralyzed by fear, there is a feeling of guilt, anxiety and shame, to avoid having to visit the dentist.


The origin of dental phobia has historically been attributed to a multifactorial pattern in which anxious behavior in the dentist is learned by the patient from his or her own environment, depending on their sociocultural level, previous unpleasant experiences and many other factors. They have a point of influence in which the patient develops this fear.

Since dental treatment exists, anxiety and dental phobia have been part of the behavior dynamics of patients. With the introduction of anesthesia, it would have been logical for this attitude to be forgotten in the past, since the patient’s stress was attributed uniquely and, now, erroneously, to the pain that was experienced during dental care, but even now dentists continue to report cases of anxiety and dental phobia in their consultations.

It is evident that the anxiety linked to dental treatment is a current issue, since in addition to supposing a negative situation for the patient, the stress that this suffers is reflected in the dentist in one way or another, with the consequent alteration of the correct order and development of an appointment or, in extreme cases, the development of the treatment plan.

You have to differentiate between stress, anxiety and fear; Stress is a feeling of physical or emotional tension that derives from some situation or overwhelming thought. The stress causes a series of fisiopsicológicas responses in the body, which, if they are perceived by the individual as something positive, will help to overcome and move forward in your life. But if you take the concept of stress as something negative, it will produce a feeling of concern to the subject and a blockage from which only negative aspects will be removed.

It is considered anxiety a more diffuse stress emotional state, because it does not have an external source recognizable threat, where the subject feels restless and agitated while distressed. Anxiety, unlike stress, could already be considered pathological.

Increasing the level of concern of the patient, we find fear or as a synonym term “phobia “. Thus, it could be said that fear or phobia goes beyond anxiety in the sense that in this case there is an irrational fear of what is considered threatening, which may or may not be, but certainly not until the point that the subject feels an obsessive hostility toward it. Fear can cause a physical discomfort that includes palpitations, sweating, dizziness, etc. of uncontrollable nature.

To avoid anxiety, stress or fear of the dentist, first of all look for a dentist that is suitable for you , that is familiar and that makes you feel comfortable, that understands your fears and explains to you with tranquility all the procedures to follow. You can ask family and friends to recommend a good professional.

When starting with your treatment plan, start with the simplest procedures to become familiar little by little. If at any time during the treatment you feel uncomfortable, communicate it to your dentist with a signal. To avoid fear or stress you can take an MP3 to the consultation to listen to music that distracts you. And if you still feel helpless you can go to the dentist with a friend or family member.


In many cases it is the result of a bad experience experienced previously, and more especially when the bad experience has been suffered in childhood, there are also patients whose main fear lies in the fact of anesthesia for fear of needles if to these possible fears acquired we add the fact of ignorance of the process of the devices used by the team and the uncertainty, this type of patients will end up deciding not to go to the dental office.

Currently the dental professionals are aware that they can be found in patients with this type of profile, fear / anxiety, so each time the team that makes up the dental clinic is better trained to attend to this pattern of patients. Although on the part of the patients there are a series of guidelines that can be performed that considerably help the loss of this fear or anxiety caused by the word dentist.


Identify the true reason why you feel fear: you must reflect on the causes of your own fear of the dentist and be able to analyze them with confidence.

The Information: going to a dental clinic and requesting information can help to resolve doubts and uncertainty, it also allows you to know the place and become familiar with it, you can go and see how patients who leave the dental office do so without any type of problems.

Find a dentist or a dental clinic that inspires confidence: it is a good idea to ask friends and family to visit the dentist regularly, to recommend yours and tell you their experience. You can even visit the. You can talk to the receptionist, ask for information and even recommend one of the clinic’s professionals, it is good that we have the confidence to be able to talk with the receptionist about the feeling of fear.

Concert visit: do not postpone this fact, but you must make the decision and as soon as possible to not back down.

Mental preparation: once the decision is made, everything that triggers anxiety or stress must be avoided. It is best to try to relax, go for a walk, and take a lime tree.

Ask a friend or relative to accompany you: going accompanied to the dentist does not allow the cancellation of the visit.

The first visit: the first consultation of the dentist is usually a review in which a diagnosis and a treatment plan is established so there will be no anesthesia or painful procedures.

It is very important that before going to the visit and be able to define everything you want to ask.

To overcome the fear in the dental practice, at Study Dental Barcelona we have techniques of conscious sedation that, together with the collaboration of anesthesiologists , we perform this type of sedation with nitrous oxide , this gas is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, it is usually better known as gas of laughter , this gas leaves the patient in a relaxed but cooperative state, which allows to work well; By eliminating the anxious component and causing a certain amnesia, patient acceptance is usually better for future sessions.