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How to Overcome Dental Fear & Anxiety


Do you avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety? Many Canadians worry before a dental appointment, and many forego routine check-ups due to extreme fear. Routine dentist appointments, unlike phobias that do not require treatment, are too important to your health to miss. Know you are not alone and there are some techniques you can apply to help overcome your anxiety.

There are a variety of causes for dental fears

  • A bad experience as a child
  • A fear that the dentist will cause you pain
  • Fear of the “freezing” not working
  • The sound of the drill
  • Being anxious having someone working in your mouth and personal space
  • The embarrassment that you haven’t taken care of your teeth

How Dental Anxiety Affects Your Health

When something scares you, you ignore it at all costs. Your dental and general health depend on visiting the dentist regularly, recieving preventive care, and addressing any problems. Letting your fear get the best of you can lead to adverse outcomes such as…

  • Halitosis or bad breath
  • Mouth pain
  • Stained teeth
  • Tartar build up
  • Chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Oral Cancer
  • TMJ issue

Dental Fear & Anxiety Tips

Find YOUR Ideal Dentist

You’ll feel more at ease and assured about the medical attention you’re getting if you find the right dentist. Look for a dental office with welcoming and caring staff, excellent reviews from patients, a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

Let Your Dentist Know

Although it’s sad that dental fear is so widespread, it does mean that your dentist has a TON of experience treating patients just like you. Don’t keep your anxieties hidden; tell your dentist and the rest of the dental team how you are feeling.

Bring a Friend

Having someone you care about waiting for you in the lobby will make you feel more at ease.

Arrive Early

Plan on getting there a little earlier than usual so you have time to take it easy. Arrive early enough to enjoy a few extra minutes in the lobby, chatting with the employees at the front desk, asking questions, or just unwinding.

Ask Lots of Questions

Don’t hesitate to express any worries, queries, or discomfort you may have throughout your appointment. Your dental staff is ready to assist you. Want to learn more about a particular tool or procedure? Ask! Do you need a break before continuing therapy because you’re starting to feel anxious? Be sure to tell your dentist. A soothing voice is often enough on its own to help through treatment.


Many people find sedation dentistry a beneficial option to combat dental fear and anxiety. Ask your dentist if they offer any sedation options to help your appointments go by with ease.

Whatever your concerns, we are here to help. If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety contact us at  or 604-826-8087  to find out how we can tailor your visit to your needs to ensure your experience is of complete comfort and relaxation.