Most people don’t like going to the dentist. But some people have a full-blown dental phobia so that even the thought of it can bring them out in a sweat. The reasons behind this common phobia are numerous, but however intense your dread, it is possible to overcome it. There are many treatment options and your very health could depend on it!
The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy may be the secret weapon you need to defeat dental phobia. Whether you suffer from mild anxiety when going to the dentist or full blown panic attacks, our experienced practitioners are trained in a broad repertoire of methods that can be used to combat dental phobia. They can work with you to address the issues preventing you from taking care of your teeth.
Don’t let a dental phobia compromise your oral health!
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out more, or book your confidential appointment.
Where does dental phobia come from?
It’s clear from their overblown demonic portrayals in popular culture that dentists strike fear into the heart of a large section of the population. When you think that the use of anaesthetics is a relatively recent phenomenon, and people were having all their teeth removed as a 21st birthday present in living history, dental phobia might even be seen as an ancestral dread. And it’s certainly understandable. The mouth is a very vulnerable and personal part of the body.
But nowadays, the true horrors are more likely to result from dental neglect than from sadistic dentist-barbers. Untreated tooth decay doesn’t just affect your breath and your looks. It can lead to abscesses, tooth loss, and gum disease, which is also — so far inexplicably — associated with a higher incidence of other chronic diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Tooth decay can also cause infections that can invade the jaw or even the brain. Scary stuff!
Individuals may develop dental phobia for a variety of specific or obscure reasons: an unrelated trauma, a painful childhood experience in a dentist’s chair — or even vicariously, if a parent or carer transfers their own fear. Dental phobia can also be related to loss of control, a fear being at the mercy of a stranger (who also has sharp instruments).
Regardless of the ‘root’ cause, it is possible to overcome dental phobia and it’s very important to your health that you do so.
Good oral care is essential to your overall health, and the longer your teeth are left untreated, the worse off you’ll be. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, you probably know it’s time to tackle the issue. Some dentists offer special treatments for phobic patients, such as twilight sedation. But for most people who suffer from dental phobia, the fear starts well before they reach that dentist’s chair. Getting to the dentist’s office in the first place is the problem.
How does Bayside Psychotherapy approach treatment for phobias?
At Bayside Psychotherapy we don’t believe in band-aid solutions or generic treatments. Our therapists take a personalised approach to creating treatment plans to suit our clients’ unique circumstances after thorough evaluation and consultation. We’ve used our expertise in hypnotherapy and NLP, psychotherapy, mindfulness therapy, and many other treatment methods to help a variety of patients with addictions, phobias, depression, sexual problems and other issues.
After a thorough evaluation, our therapists devise a program of treatment tailored to your needs and personality. We offer either face-to-face therapy at our Highett clinic, or virtual counselling sessions via a secure online connection. Self hypnosis can also be a valuable tool to enhance your treatment. You can download our targeted MP3 recording for dental phobia to help you get on your way.
For your convenience, we offer either online or face-to-face sessions in our Highett clinic, depending on the practitioner.
How long will dental phobia treatment take?
No two patients are identical. The underlying reasons for a phobia vary in complexity, and everyone responds differently to treatment. So it’s impossible to be certain how long any course of treatment will take. However, many people are galvanised by the very act of seeking help to take control of their phobia. And others with milder symptoms may find they are able to make progress surprisingly quickly. The duration of your treatment, and likelihood of success, will also depend on your commitment to treatment. No one can promise overnight results, but with persistence and professional support, your chances of overcoming dental phobia are good.
It’s not a good idea to wait too long before acting to protect your smile.
You can make your initial appointment by calling (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form. All calls are confidential and there’s absolutely no obligation to continue.
The recommended self hypnosis recording for dental phobia can be downloaded here.
Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.
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