Dental Fear – What Causes it And What Can Be Done?

Whether you undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond or indeed, anywhere else in the world, it requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s fair to say that they’d probably look on it as a necessary experience that will in the end lead to great looking teeth. However to a nervous or fearful patient, a surgical procedure would be way more than a step too far! In fact many find it difficult enough to visit the dentist for a check-up or clean and will avoid the dentist like the plague, even at the detriment of their oral health. So what causes dental fear in the first place? Let’s take a look.

Previous bad experience

In many cases a previously bad dental experience may be sufficient enough to trigger a severe bout of dental fear. This might have been way back when they were a child, or more recently, and can be triggered off by smells, noises or pain. It can also include a past experience with a seemingly uncaring or abrupt dentist.


Fear of pain

Let’s face it, nobody really likes going to the dentist and for many the thought of undergoing a filling or tooth extraction is usually preceded with “how much pain am I going to feel. That said, more often than not the fear of pain is often far worse than the actual procedure itself and by the time it’s over you often wonder what the fuss is all about. Conversely, those who have a low pain threshold, find it increasingly difficult to open themselves up to what could be deemed as a potentially painful experience and this is often enough to put them off attending.


Strangely, the fear of embarrassment is high on the list of dental fear causes. If a person feels acutely embarrassed by the state of their teeth, they may feel an actual fear of letting the dentist see the state of their teeth.

Dental Drill

Dental fear can also be triggered off by sounds that emanate from dental tools such as drills. In addition the discomfort caused by the vibration of the drill is enough to tip an already nervous patient over the edge.

Thankfully, in the second decade of the 21st century dental fear is a real concern and many dental clinics are addressing this head on. Firstly, dentists aren’t there to judge and instead are there to help. Therefore those who fear embarrassment from not having been to the dentist for so long are usually met by understanding and compassion from the dentist. Secondly, dental techniques have come on a long way in the past decade or so and as a result painless injections, silent drills, and even undergoing a dental implant in Richmond, is now a painless procedure due to conscious sedation techniques.

If you are considering dental implants in Richmond, but do feel nervous then speak to Sheen Dental. There are procedures that we can put into place to make sure that you have a painless and pleasant experience whatever the situation may be. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at to see just how we can help you today.