The purpose of this dictionary. Who should read it and why?
The purpose of this column is to bring the patients closed to the understanding of dental instrument. A significant part of the dental phobia occurrences are based on ignorance. We present and explain the anatomy and function of dental pliers, needles, chisels, burs, lamps and mirrors you can find in any modern dental office, in order to get rid of the awkwardness patients experience in front of the unknown. These objects are professional medical instruments, not infernal machines to frighten the children.
Who’s affraid and why?
People fear the unknown. In a totally irrational and unfortunate manner, an awkward object can stir the imagination in a most regrettable way. Quite often, the minds of people who experience dental fear work based on analogy: the unfamiliar shapes of the objects they encounter in a dental office cause their imagination to produce hooks and harpoons. The mind can create—out of control—torture scenarios in which the highly imaginative patient assumes the role of a victim. Some of the patients, who find themselves unable to manage their fears, not only lose their teeth, but come to experience useless breakdowns. Do not allow imagination to build horrid pictures and stories based on a minor discomfort or even on s story that never happened in the first place, as complex circumstances could lead to psychosis.
The solution is information: become familiar with the dental procedures and instruments
Are you afraid of the dental instruments? We do not recommend you to ignore the issue and pretend it’s not there. Statistics clearly show that patients who visit the dental office as often as they should tend to find it easier to manage their feelings and reactions when finding themselves in the presence of dental instruments or during dental procedures: the reason seems to be familiarity with the objects and the environment.
Should you have the feeling of being close to developing some sort of uncontrolled fear regarding dental treatments, try this easy trick: buy a complex self-care and self-monitoring kit for home-use. These kits contain some of the instruments you’ll meet in a dental office, during any regular check-up. Look at them, use them, and you may begin to find them less frightening, and see that they are but regular objects, just like your toothbrush.