Managing dental phobia
It is best to combine several psychological strategies.
Surveys report that 13% to 24% of people are afraid of going to the dentist. In most cases, dental anxiety is unpleasant but does not interfere with health. People whose dental fear is severe, however, may so dread the thought of going to the dentist that they cancel appointments, delay seeking care, and sometimes wind up needing more invasive and painful procedures as a result — thereby meeting some of the criteria for specific phobia described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV).