Oral Health

Posted by: KV | 2009/07/22


Anxiety about visiting the dentist

Hi there.. I have extreme anxiety when visiting the dentist - i feel claustrophobic, nauseous and panicky - which is why i avoided the dentist for years - the result of this is that i now have cavities that urgently need filling - so i HAVE TO go - please could you tell me what i can take to reduce my anxiety? I thought about taking stilpayne tablets so that I will be sleepy and therefore less prone to panicking...i know this sounds silly but i am terrified of the pain and the possibility of blood. Blood in itself makes me want to throw up. I know this fear is inappropriate for a 25 year old adult, but its very real.. please can you suggest something? I cant really ask my dentist what he suggests because this is the first time I am going to him - i recently moved to a new area.. thank you...

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

first arrange an appointment for a discussion with your dentist.
Speak to him about your fears and concerns. DO not perform treatment at this visit.
Gradually start with the smaller procedures before the more compicated ones.

good luck

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