More or less everyone has ever had a fear of the dentist. In our first visits, when we are small, we see all those devices, we hear all those noises and it is complicated that we can keep calm, no matter how hard the dentist or our parents try to calm us down.
The problem comes when this fear becomes a phobia, because from that moment people are unable to visit the dentist and maintain good oral hygiene.
That causes that it takes too much time to make the visit, so the complications can be much greater and more complex, more annoying and more expensive treatments.
One in ten people suffer from this phobia and their quality of life is affected by these problems.
Luckily, a study by researchers has found a solution based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a short-term therapy, of between 6 and 10 sessions, which manages to reduce dental anxiety and, consequently, also increase visits to the dentist.
This is great news both for patients, who can improve their oral health and quality of life, and for dentists, whose work is facilitated when there is a positive and relaxed environment in the consultation and dental problems are not so serious.