Dentist or scary monster?

Daleen Viljoen's Blog


Odontophobia refers to the fear of dentistry and receiving dental care. It doesn’t sound irrational to me.  In fact I am terrified of dentists.  I took my 10 year old to the dentist and by the time I left, I was trembling and had difficulty breathing.  It took every ounce of willpower not to snatch my little boy from the dentist’s chair and run for the safety of home.

Maybe not all of it was fear. We got a rather obnoxious young dentist with not a clue how to interact with children.  He was rude and in desperate need of lessons about patient care.  The trembling could also be me trying very hard to reign in my anger.

Research estimates that over 75% of adults experience some form of dental fear and about 10% has odontophobia.

My first memories of visiting the dentist were of a man with a mask…

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