Scared of the Dentist

Are you Scared of the Dentist?

Don’t be! Dr. Pavlina Fagan of Fingal Dental Surgery explains that although fear of the dentist is quite a common problem; there’s really no need to worry.

“These days, dental technology is absolutely state-of the art. There’s no pain in modern dentistry, with effective local anaesthetics and refined techniques. It’s more of a mental thing- some people have a genuine fear that actually prevents them from getting much needed dental care.”

According to the Irish Dental Association, at least one out of every four people is terrified of going to see the dentist. Despite increasing dental awareness and the fact that everyone wants to have a smile to be proud of, some people are reluctant to sit in the dental chair.

Some people have even developed a phobia about going to their dental clinic; which seems entirely rational to them and can be very hard to overcome.

Why are people frightened of the dentist?

People have anxiety about the Dentist for a variety of reasons- a fear that the treatment might hurt, or maybe they have bad memories from childhood.

The smell of antiseptic; the sight of metal instruments-fear reactions are subjective in each patient but very real to all of them.

Some patients have a strong gag reflex and find it difficult to control it when a dentist is using instruments in their mouth, but most patients who postpone dental care do so from a sense of fear.

They often wait until the pain becomes so great that they are anxious, hurting and nervous.

Overcoming fear of the dentist

Dr. Fagan understands that some people might be apprehensive about dentists, and so she is very experienced in treating those who may be a bit anxious. A combination of kindness and gentleness while always explaining things clearly to patients helps enormously in allaying fears.

For those who haven’t been to the dentist in many years, they will be pleasantly surprised to see how far dental technology has come. Even if they have bad memories from childhood, modern dental practices are much friendlier environments these days.

Advances in technology have also improved dentistry. Treatment can now be completely painless; a numbing gel can be used to numb your gums before any injections so you won’t even feel the needle.

Dr. Fagan suggests you bring your children to the dentist early in their lives, so they can get familiar with the sights and sounds of the dental surgery; get to know the dentist and never feel anxious about going. That way, when it’s time for any treatments, they will be far more comfortable.

To book your consultation, call Fingal Dental Surgery on (01)8430740 or see