Fear For Needles

Fear For Needles

Many people are feeling a little anxiety when thinking of a needle in the mouth.  Fainting, nausea, dizziness, sweating, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, violent resistant and feeling panic are all symptoms of a needle phobia.

Knowing the true cause of your fear will make it easier for you to address your phobia and get the dental care you need, though it does take a lot of time, patience and courage to treat any phobia.

Here are some ways to still get the care required for good oral health despite your needle phobia:

Find a dentist who understands fearful patients, ask about Sedation Dentistry, this involves sedatives that put you to sleep or in a sleep-like state. For children, take along his or her favorite toy or use distraction techniques like reading or singing songs, which can help the child relax during the dental visit.