What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental Anxiety is similar to Dental Phobia in that it can show up in a very similar manner. For many people, Dental Anxiety is disturbing but not disabling.Being afraid to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment. Overall, dental anxiety is far less disruptive for patients seeking dental care.
What is the Difference Between Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia?
Dental Phobia is much more severe and can lead to one not visiting the dentist under any circumstance. When left unchecked, this can result in the worsening of oral health. This can lead to a greater need for emergency care or more complex treatment further down the road. This can also reinforce the underlying dental phobia itself which then becomes a vicious cycle. Up until now, patients who struggled with a fear of dentistry have had to attend a dental sedation clinic, where they are offered intravenous sedation or other medication. Thankfully, things have changed! Every day, I help clients across Ireland overcome their fear of dentistry using EMDR.
Types of Dental Phobia / Anxiety
- Fear of pain
- Fear based on previous dental experiences
- Fear of needles or the injection itself
- Fear of losing control
- Fear of the sound or sensation of the dental drill
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How Common is Dental Anxiety?
In Ireland, about 20% of people report dental anxiety with about 5% reporting dental phobia, or an avoidance of dental visits. Avoidance can often lead to deterioration in oral health,which can exacerbate problems in the longer term. You are definitely not alone if you are fearful of going to the dentist.
Why am I so Afraid of the Dentist?
Fear of going to the dentist is usually caused by negative or painful past experiences. Patients often develop these feelings as children, and they stay with them as they move into adulthood. Adults who are anxious about dental care tend to remain anxious throughout their life. Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety are unique to every sufferer in that it can be triggered by a varied set of stimuli and fears. These can include: fear of dental needles or injections, the fear of pain or numbness, or perhaps the sound or sensation of the dental drill itself. The list goes on.
How to Treat Dental Anxiety?
At www.online-counselling.ie we specialise in the treatment of both dental phobia and dental anxiety using EMDR. We’re so confident that EMDR can help, if you don’t experience a significant reduction in your fear of dentistry, we’ll offer you a 100% money-back guarantee!
How can EMDR help Treat Dental Phobia & Dental Anxiety?
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a trauma-focused form of psychotherapy. It is a well-established, gold-standard treatment for trauma and PTSD. It also works effectively for treating distressing life events, such as previously stressful dental visits. It works by desensitizing the brain and nervous system of any strong emotions associated with the unpleasant or stressful experience. Time is also dedicated in supporting the client to develop what we call, internal resources. These resources can then help the client as they begin to process the upsetting memories. Unlike talk-therapy, clients can enjoy positive results in just a few short sessions.
Dental Phobia Treatment in Dublin, Cork or elsewhere in Ireland?
I hear you asking, “Where can I find Dental Anxiety treatment near me?” Well, the answer is simple – from the comfort of your own home! www.Online-Counselling.ie is an online service. No commute, no lost time, no paying for childcare etc. Everyday, we successfully help clients who are absolutely terrified of the dentist!