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Ben Wilcox
Ben is the practice principal at Shore Dental, Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2004 and…

Ask-A-Dentist: How do I get over my phobia of dentists?

January 20, 2014 by Ben Wilcox

Spiders, clowns, the dark and dentists. Dental phobias are a common obstacle stopping folks from getting the dental care they need. But how can you get over it and under the dentist's lamp?


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It's a common fear, but an important one to overcome if you want to live a life with a high standard of dental hygiene. The best way to do this is to speak to your local dentist and voice your concerns with them.

Dental phobias tend to come about due to experiences had as a child, which may have been distorted over time and possibly also reinforced by outdated media representations of stereotypes. Dentistry in this day and age is a sophisticated practice with updated technology and education. Dentists are skilled professionals both in their practice and also in dealing with patients who may feel apprehensive about seeking dental treatments.

At Shore Dental, our Sydney-based staff are especially in tune to a patient's needs. Dr James Cooke, in particular, is known for his calm, confident and sympathetic chairside manner, making him the go-to dentist for all age groups. With a mission to provide pain-free dentistry in a kind, ethical and empathetic manner, you have no reason to be fearful when arranging an appointment. James has completed courses in all fields of dentistry, with a special focus on oral surgery, implant dentistry and orthodontics.

Patient care and satisfaction is a high priority across the board, as can be seen from Leanne Amber, head of the dental hygiene team at Shore Dental. With over 20 years of experience in private practice, Leanne enjoys nurturing patient relationships and, in addition to her dental career, has pursued interests in other areas of holistic health, including obtaining a Diploma of Counselling.

However, the most important part of overcoming a fear of the dentist is to communicate, and we're more than happy to speak to you at Shore Dental. Give us a call on (02) 9953 1124 to see what we can do for you.

Wanna read more? Dental phobias are even more prevalent in women, our previous blog post shows: Fear of the Dentist: dental phobia worse in women