Being slightly anxious when visiting a dentist is quite common for many people but for others the sense of fear and dread can be overwhelming. This is dental phobia and it can lead sufferers to ignore any problems with their teeth rather than step into a dentist’s office.

Fortunately, modern dentists are trained to recognise the problem and help patients overcome their phobia.

Basic steps to help patients overcome their fears include:

– Discussing their fears in detail

– Helping patients find ways to relax

– Offering sedation dentistry if necessary

For severe cases it may be necessary “to first seek the help of a counsellor” who can discuss all aspects of the phobia and you can read more at