Half Of US Adults Are Afraid Of The Dentist

About 45% of adults are afraid of the dentist.

Some patients dislike the dentists drill, the thought of their gums bleeding, or the lectures from the dentist about their lack of oral health care.

But for many the problem is with gagging.

A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that about half of people have gagged at least once during dental visits. And the more problems people had with gagging, the more likely they were to report dental-care-related fears.

In 2012, a study in the Acta Odontologica Scandinavica journal reported that there are some strategies that you can adopt to make your visit to the dental office less stressful.

  • Tell yourself that the pain feels like something else.
  • Encourage yourself to be strong.
  • Look ahead to when the treatment has finished when you will be OK.
  • Think about something else totally.
  • Pray for the treatment to end quickly.