Study: Humor Can Alleviate Fear of Dental Visits

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.]]>