Dental phobia is the serious often paralysing irrational fear of seeking dental care.  Research suggests that between 9-15% of people do not seek regular dental care due to anxiety and fear surrounding the dental experience.  You are not alone if you are one of these people!

What makes you anxious? Is it the fear of the unknown and helplessness, the sound of a drilling machine or previous trauma from seeking dental help? Whatever the cause of your anxiety is here is what can be done to alleviate this problem for you.

What can you do about your dental fear?

  1. Dental fear can be overcome.
    The first thing you can do is to recognise that your dental fear can be overcome, and rather than using avoidance which is what mostly occurs in any anxiety situation choose to do completely the opposite! Seek treatment and help
  2. Choose the right dentist and dental staff.
    Choosing supportive and empathetic staff with experience is extremely important for your success.
  3. Educate yourself and ask questions
    Empower yourself with knowledge to alleviate the fear of the unknown. Ask a question and get your self armed with knowledge and what’s best for you!
  4. Speak up!
    Tell us that a phobia or fear of dentists is impacting you. Be honest and don’t try to hide the fear you feel. This is especially important because you will be able to work with the dentist and go with the speed that suits you and therefore you will be in control!
  5. Be on time and bring a support person-Always allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at the appointment and avoid unnecessary stress.
  1. Practice exposure– organise your “trial” appointments with our partner clinics before you actually have a treatment.
  2. Practice Relaxation techniques.
    Examples of physical relaxation are Diaphragmatic Breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation or meditation.
  3. Pain Control.

There are many people that have very low pain tolerance and that’s ok. Modern dentistry has many new techniques with regards to the administration of local anaesthetics to block any possibility of pain. We combine many different methods of administration from oral, laughing gas, local or general anaesthesia and lasers.  No need for injections, scalpel or drilling! Everybody is different and we will take time to explain and provide options for you.

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As you get more comfortable in the dental environment, you can engage in various distraction techniques that some dental practices have on hand. Our partner clinics use music or podcasts with headphones. Most importantly, what can be more relaxing than looking at the sea view form your dental chair and with surroundings of the beautiful Mediterranean landscape. There is also a coffee shop available right on the sea at our partner clinic in Opatija.

Saveonmedicaltourism partner hospitals are experienced dealing with dental fear and anxiety and were are here to help you overcome your anxiety and improve your wellbeing. Contact us  for a free consultation!