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Fear of the Dentists

Nigel is going to the dentists. He is very nervous and asks his friend, Jack, for some advice…

Jack: Nigel, you’re shaking like a leaf! What’s the matter?

Nigel: I’m going for a filling later today, but my heart is racing even thinking about it! I’ve

had a fear of going to the dentists since I was a child…

Jack: Well, it's not the most pleasant experience, but it’s not that bad… it’s something you

just have to get used to!

Nigel: I know I need to overcome my fear… It’s just the thought of it. My heart starts racing,

my hands start sweating and I can hardly breathe!

Jack: That must be really horrible… You need to find ways to help yourself relax. What

about listening to music? Practicing relaxation breathing? Or asking the dentist to explain

everything before doing it? Failing that, you can ask for medication to make you drowsy and

relaxed while you’re there.

Nigel: I’ve tried that before, but it didn’t really help…The last time I took medication, I

thought I was going to die! My heart started beating even faster and I could hardly breathe!

Jack: Oh no… It sounds like your fear is controlling you…What about trying hypnotherapy?

My mum tried it to help her overcome a phobia and it worked well for her.

Nigel: Really? I’d give anything a try! But it’s not going to help me today…

Jack: Well, that’s true. You should try the other tips I mentioned – start listening to soothing

music, practice relaxation breathing and ask the dentist to explain everything too.

Nigel: I’ll give them a go…Wish me luck…

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Fear of the Dentists


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