Many people don’t like going to the dentist because they are afraid of what will happen to them or what they will find. What are people afraid of and why? Let’s take a look and debunk the myth that you should be afraid of the dentist.
First off, what are people afraid of? Drills and drilling are the biggest issues people have when talking about their fear of the dentist.
Drills have a whining sound that accompanies the vibrations that rattle through your skull while they are being used. Maybe it’s the fear of noise or the fear that the dentist could slip and gouge your gums. The underlying fear is the fear of being helpless to do anything about the situation and the fear of the unknown because you can’t see what’s happening. The truth of the matter is that the dentist is very skilled and has years of experience in drilling teeth. You are not likely to be his first live patient, and even if you are in dental school dentists practice drilling on real teeth in real human skulls that were donated to or purchased by the school.
Something you can do to mitigate your fear is to not close your eyes. If you close your eyes you lose the visual sense, which causes you to focus on your other senses in this case the feel of the vibration and the sound of the drill, both of which you are trying to avoid. So instead keep your eyes open and hopefully you are at a high tech dentist office in Ogden, UT that has TV’s for each patient in the ceiling with head phones to listen to the TV and block out the drill sound.
Maybe the best advice if you want to avoid drilling is brush and floss daily. If you never get a cavity you will never need to get the cavity drilled out. But most dental clinics will be equipped with laughing gas to put you at ease while the process is taking place. If that isn’t enough for you, the last resort is to simply never go to the dentist and live with the pain of a tooth ache as a reminder of how scary the dentist is.