The Scariest Dental Procedures, Explained

The Scariest Dental Procedures, Explained

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Does the thought of visiting your dentist’s office give you the heebie-jeebies? You’re not alone. “About 50 percent of Americans admit some fear of dental procedures and about 10 percent have so much fear and anxiety that they actually avoid dental care,” says Sheela Raja, PhD, director of clinical behavioral sciences at the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What’s even scarier than dental procedures? Skipping out on important treatments so that you end up doing more damage to your dental health. If your dental phobias are threatening your tooth health, read about these “terrifying” procedures that actually aren’t that terrifying — and find out how to ease the discomfort and quell your fears.

2 / 8   Frightening Fillings

Got a cavity? This small hole in your tooth, which is usually caused by germ-containing plaque, is simple to treat. But for many people, the sight of the needle dentists use to numb the mouth before giving a filling can make treating cavities simply unbearable. Keep this in mind: If you don’t treat cavities early, they grow into larger holes, the bacteria can cause even more damage, and you may end up needing a more-complicated root canal.

“One helpful tip to lessen anxiety is to bring along an iPod to distract you and help you relax,” says Raja. Also try to remember that, while the sight of a needle may be scary, it’s actually used to help offset pain.

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