According to a study conducted by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, laughter is truly the best medicine, especially when it comes to treating the fear of a trip to the dentist.

Internationally, it is said that about half of today’s adult population suffers from some degree of dental fear. A trip to the dentist can create fear and anxiety for many. Unfortunately, this can lead to a dental phobia, where patients avoid the dentist and ultimately suffer a decline in dental health.

To help sway dental fear, researchers conducted two separate surveys and set out to determine what works best for coping with dental fear. In one of the studies, it was found that the best strategies for patients to use for overcoming dental fear include:

  1. Optimism
  2. Self-efficacy
  3. Distancing
  4. Self-distraction
  5. Prayer

Dentists Can Help Too

Alleviating dental fear can also be done with help of the dentist. The second study, which focused more on asking patients what helped them be less fearful, found that humorous dentists greatly lessened the amount of fear a patient felt. Laughter and humor are easy ways to break psychological barriers that can cause stress and anxiety, because they promote a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.

Dr. Siegel places great focus and attention on ensuring that all of his patients feel relaxed, welcome and comfortable while in his office. Whether you’re visiting for a routine check-up or for sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Siegel strives to make patients feel safe and fear-free during their appointments. To schedule a visit with Dr. Siegel, patients can call or email us.