Struggling with a fear of the dentist? Read on for 5 tips to help you through your next check up

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We all have a fear of something. Whether it’s a rational fear or not, it’s so difficult when something we’re scared of hinders our life especially when it comes to our health. From spiders to thunderstorms, even dogs and heights, there are quite literally thousands of phobias out there, but did you know that one of the most common fears out there is a fear of the dentist, and I have to admit that as a child, I was scared too.

Whether your fear stems from a bad experience, the sights and smells in the dental practice, perhaps you feel vulnerable in the dentist chair or maybe you’re worried about the idea of pain – no matter where your fear comes from, there are ways you can combat it.

Unsure of where to start? Check out these 5 tips to help you through your next check-up.


It’s easy to feel silly or embarrassed about being scared of the dentist, but as mentioned above it’s actually quite common! Speaking to your dentist about your fears means that they can accommodate you accordingly and take steps to ensure that you have a straightforward and stress free check-up as possible – check out if you’re looking for a new practise.

Book your appointment early

Having an appointment booked later in the day means that you’re going to spend the entire day building up to it and getting more and more nervous and scared. You’re also more likely to bottle it at the last minute and cancel. So, it’s best to get your appointment over and done with. Book it for as early as you can and once it’s over you can carry on with your day and forget all about it!

Take a friend

A problem shared is a problem halved. And taking someone along with you to your appointment will certainly give you more confidence and support. The dentist won’t mind at all if you bring a friend with you for support. It’s also handy to have someone there who can perhaps listen and take in any advice that the dentist might be giving after the check-up, as you might not be able to take it all in!

Listen to music

If the sound of the dental equipment is what gives you issues then ask to listen to music during your appointment. Whether it’s your favourite song or something relaxing to take your mind of things, it’ll help you. Just make sure you mention this when you book your appointment.

Dealing with pain

If you have an appointment booked and it’s going to be a big procedure that might involve the use of drills/needles etc, then there are ways you can prepare for it before you sit in the chair. You can learn some simple breathing techniques to help keep yourself calm, go through pain relief options with your dentist, or even asked to be referred to a clinic that specialises in sedations instead.

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