Fear of Dentists
Fear of Dentists Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Fear of Dentists refers to the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care as opposed to fear of dentists themselves. Its technical name is Ondontophobia.
A severe form of this phobia is variously called Dental Phobia, Odontophobia, Dentophobia, Dentist Phobia, or Dental Anxiety.
However, it has been suggested that the term “dental phobia” is inappropriate as many people with this condition do not feel their fears to be irrational or unreasonable and can relate directly to a previous painful experience.
As with any type of phobia, there are varying degrees of fear of dentists.
The most common, and least severe, is simply a worry of the unknown.
This may arise if you’ve heard “horror” stories from other people or you’re worried about what might happen.
The next level of fear of dentists is “Dental Fear”, which is a reaction to a known danger.
For example, you may have had a tooth removed and experienced some pain.
As a result, you may stress about experiencing it again.
In these cases it may not seem at all like the fear you experience is “irrational” but, on the contrary, completely logical!
However, in general terms, Dentistry is so good these days that it is reasonable to expect a pain-free experience.
Dental phobia is similar to dental fear but is a more severe form of fear of dentists.
It’s often the result of a bad past experience either at the hands of a poorly trained dentist, or because of a particularly painful experience.
For some people, dental phobia can be so crippling that simply seeing a toothpaste advert or a dental surgery can cause distress.
Reasons you may have developed the fear of Dentists:
- A bad childhood experience
- A Fear of Needles or Injections
- Fear of the Dentist’s Drill (association with the sound)
- Feeling out of control of the situation
- Feelings of vulnerability
- Invasion of your personal space
- Fear created by friends relating terrible experiences
Therapy for Fear of Dentists
Fear of Dentists, in common with ALL Phobias & Fears is “irrational” in nature and is produced by a degree of “distorted thinking.”
The distorted thinking present with Fear of Dentists may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety.
If we can learn how to manage this distorted thinking using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as the Thrive Programme or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the Anxiety.
It is also possible that people suffering from Fear of Dentists may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Fear and Anxiety.
In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking associated with Fear of Dentists itself, following a course of Psycho-dynamic Therapy may be more beneficial.
Treatment of Fear of Dentists
We offer Brief Directive Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Therapy to treat Fear of Dentists here at our clinic in Wombourne, Wolverhampton.
In general, Fear of Dentists related conditions respond well to therapy.
We utilise two Directive Therapies; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & the Thrive Programme, and Psychoanalysis – so when it comes to deciding the best choice of therapy for your problem, your own personal history will play a central role in helping you to decide.
As a guide, if you have suffered from a Fear of Dentists for a significant number of years and have experienced Stress & Anxiety about it since your childhood, then you might be best advised to undertake a course of Psycho-dynamic therapy.
If, on the other hand, your Fear of Dentists problems are more recent and on the whole you have been free from the symptoms for extended periods of your life, then you might benefit more from one of the briefer, “directive” type interventions.
FREE Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Fear of Dentists. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
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