Dental anxiety is a term used to describe fear, anxiety or stress in a dental setting. Being scared to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment. Dental anxiety can be associated with certain triggers such as needles, drills or the dental setting in general.

If you’re afraid to visit the dentist, you’re not alone. Studies show that dental phobia affects up to 24% of the world population with a further 12% suffering from extreme dental fear. For some, dental anxiety is a minor nuisance, but for others it can be disabling and prevent them from visiting a dentist regularly.

While fear of the dentist is common, there are some things you can do to help overcome your fear and to ensure that you maintain good oral health with consistent dental visits.



Listening to your favorite music, audio books or podcasts while you’re in the waiting room would help you  maintain a sense of calm and relaxation. It’s important to be on time (but not early) for your appointment. Arriving early could be counter-productive because the longer you sit, the more likely it is that you’ll start to feel anxious about the visit. While listening, practice relaxation breathing techniques and think about activities you enjoy.



One of the most powerful tools to fight anxiety is the right information. Communicating with your dentist about what he or she will be doing during the visit would give you a better idea of what to expect. The more you know about what’s going to happen, the better prepared for it you’ll be and the less nervous you’ll feel.



Ever heard the popular unsolicited medical advice “don’t google your symptoms”? Following this advice will serve you well. It is also important for you not to rely on other people’s bad experiences (although, this is quite hard to do). Speak with the dentist before making any decisions; he most likely will have your best interest at heart.



You could come to the clinic alongside a friend, family or loved one. This has helped calm some patients before the procedure or during the procedure.

You can also request to book appointments at the same time with a colleague or friend.



Avoid trying to put up false bravery.Tell the doctor about your concerns, this will ensure efficient communication between you both and help him/her deliver the best of care.


If all of the above suggestions aren’t enough to relax you during your dental treatment, consult with the dentist about sedation dentistry options. There are a variety of sedation levels depending on your particular level of anxiety and they’re a safe, effective way to alleviate your fears and ensure that you receive the best oral care possible.


We want you to feel comfortable, relaxed, and anxiety-free during your visits.