Denthophobia - fear of the dentist
At first glance, it seems that fear of the dentist and visits to the dentist's office is something completely natural. It is difficult to find someone, who would look at such procedures with any will and without even a slightest fear. It turns out, however, that specialists have even created a special term for this kind of fear - it's called denthophobia. It is worth to have a closer look at it, because in some people these fears take an unnatural size and can be considered to be a kind of disturbance or phobia.
Unique identification of every visit to a dentist with enormous pain does not make any sense, especially today. While a dozen or so years ago the performance of some procedures was actually quite painful, and so much nowadays doctors have enough advanced solutions and devices to minimize any unpleasant feelings during treatment. After all, many people do not believe in such assurances and are still panicking about visiting the dentist's office. Research has shown that almost 40% of Poles avoid such treatment precisely because they are very afraid. Unfortunately, neglecting the hygiene and health of your mouth can lead not only to great toothache, but also to other health problems.
Research on dentofobia also shows that in the vast majority of cases, because of fear, we go to the dentist only to treat or rip out a broken tooth, and for many years we have been trying hard to avoid any check-up visits. This is, of course, a very inappropriate approach, because if we neglect to take care of our own oral cavity and preventative measures, we then expose ourselves to additional problems and the need to perform such procedures. Of course, this also entails costs. Treating teeth that have been so neglected for many years can be quite long and expensive. It is therefore much better to take care of your teeth regularly and go to the dentist for a check-up visit. Such a thing is much cheaper and much less unpleasant than the later treatment of more serious ailments. Unfortunately, Poles are among the top European nations that neglect their teeth the most. It's worth changing your mind and taking care that our children do not have to be unnecessarily afraid of the dentist from an early age. All the more so because with the current technology such fear is really unnecessary.
However, all the blame for the widespread phenomenon of denthophobia cannot be placed on the patients themselves. Many doctors have also contributed significantly to this fear. Some people who today suffer from denthophobia unanimously claim that such fear was caused by the traumatic and extremely painful visit to the dentist, which took place in their childhood. For this reason, doctors also have to make sure that patients do not come to them in fear.
One of the most important things a doctor should show his or her patient is simple honesty. Nowadays, most treatments are almost painless, but there are also many that are actually associated with pain or other unpleasant feelings. It is necessary to inform the patient about this before starting treatment. It is not, of course, about threatening such a person with pain - it is fair to say that, at the moment, something may hurt more. If the patient expects this and you can see that he is extremely afraid of treatment, it is also worthwhile to calm him down and explain everything we do. Again, we are not talking about using professional medical terminology and throwing slogans at someone who has no idea about it. However, it is good if the patient knows what the dentist is doing and what tools he or she is going to use. This professional approach instantly increases confidence in the dentist and reduces fear of procedures.
Good communication with the patient is essential. In addition to constantly explaining what the doctor is doing at any given moment, it is worthwhile to entertain the person with at least a casual conversation. Before starting the procedure, you should also inform the patient that in the event of any problems - for example, too much pain - he or she can signal this in any way he or she wants. For all this it is worth to take care of the appropriate, friendly and cheerful atmosphere in the office. Many patients are really afraid of such procedures, and doctors with their cool tone and lack of smile do not help at all.
Each of us should be aware of how much technology has gone forward over the last several years - modern dental surgeries differ significantly from those we know from the times of our childhood. You should not be too afraid to visit the dentist, because the times when even a simple dental procedure had to be connected with a great deal of pain are long over. Taking care of your oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist is a great way to avoid much more serious problems and long, expensive treatment - it is worth remembering about it every day.