Fear of the Dentist? Let Optimism Be Your Crutch! By Dr. Pinnix on July 29, 2013

Many people live in fear of dentists in Charlotte and throughout the world. Now, scientists have identified factors that cause patients to avoid visits to the dentist, which has helped dentists like Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Pinnix understand how to ease those fears and reduce your dental anxiety.

If patients stay optimistic and maintain a sense of humor, they don t fear the dentist as much. According to surveys, more than half of adults are afraid of dental appointments, with some experiencing a serious phobia that prevents them from getting the treatment they need. Fortunately, research has shown that patients can more easily cope with visits to the dentist by using certain techniques.

Effective Strategies for Coping
When a questionnaire was given to patients suffering from dental fear, a number of strategies were evaluated. Many patients used their own strength to fight their fear of the dentist. Some patients distracted themselves to make treatment more pleasant. Others were able to deal minimize the feelings associated with dental treatment by distancing themselves from it, but others prayed that treatment would end soon, and some focused on the future rather than the present.

There is no doubt that some forms of coping work better than others. When patients use optimism and positivity, most don t fear the dentist. In some cases, patient using humor have had the most success dealing with the stress of dental treatment. Over time, psychological barriers can be defeated through the use of humor by patients and dentists. This success can be bolstered by supporting well-being, supporting a positive atmosphere and relieving stress.

Out of all the possible coping strategies, optimism has been shown to have some of the greatest positive effect in reducing fear of dental appointments. Patients who use humor have shown significant resistance to fear of dental treatment. Barriers to dental treatment can be defeated by humor and optimism as a stress-free, positive atmosphere is created. Overall, patients are less likely to fear of dentists in Charlotte if they practice certain psychological strategies beforehand.

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