Sudbury Smiles Dentistry
Dr. Alan Kwong Hing


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How to combat dental fear


Is dental fear is one of the reasons you haven't been to the dentist in a long time? Do you know where your fear is rooted? Many common reasons patients have dental fear are:

  • A bad past experience

  • Fear of pain

  • Fear of the unknown

  • Fear of needles

  • Fear of dental sounds

  • Poor portrayal fo dentists in the media

  • A parent/family member who had dental fear

  • Embarrassed by the condition of your oral health

  • Not comfortable with the close proximity of the dentist and assistant

Do any of these reasons resonate with you? Dental fear is not uncommon and it is part of our job to help you overcome it and get your oral health in shape. Here are a few suggestions to start thinking about how to overcome your dental fear. 

How to combat dental fear

Discuss your fears and past experiences

Discuss your fears and any past experiences that may be a factor in your dental fear.  This will help you and your dentist find a way to work together to help ease any anxiety. A good example is to get the dentist or hygienist to explain everything they are doing, so you feel more in control of what you can't see. If claustrophobia is a part of your dental fear, let your dentist know and you can find a way to ensure you feel there is enough space to breathe, this may mean having the dentist step away for a few seconds to give you space. 

Find a distraction

Listen to some music or a podcast. Being distracted can help ease any nervousness or fear of the noises that can be heard around a dental clinic. Listening to your favourite tunes or a fun podcast can help melt away dental fear. 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation can be paired with almost every dental procedure. It is a way to help you ease dental fear by entering into a dreamlike state. Learn more about dental sedation. 

Dr. Al and the Sudbury Smiles team of hygienists, assistants, and front desk ladies see hundreds of patients a year, which means they have seen a lot of different cases and meet a lot of different patients. No one is here to judge you or hold the state of your oral health against you. In fact, one of Sudbury Smiles's main pillars is to help you achieve and maintain good oral health, which means we want to work with you. A good appointment is one that leaves you smiling. 

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