We all have little phobias in west London; spiders, rats, snakes, or whatever. But the reason we tend to not let them worry us is because we steer clear of coming into contact them. However, this means we tend also not to deal with them, allowing other phobias to ‘breed’ out of them and restrict the way we live out our lives. But if you have any form of dental phobia, this does need dealing with for the sake of your health. Any irrational fear to dentists and their procedures, can stop you getting treatment you need to keep your teeth and body healthy, and in turn, complicate the issue further down the line when your teeth start to look ungainly. Whatever has lead to your phobias of dentists, be it past experiences to you or others or experiences from your childhood, the only way to overcome the problem is to confront it. Serious phobias will require serious counselling to treat what can often be, serious issues. But generally, once you have admitted to yourself, or to a counsellor, that you have a problem, you are half-way there and once the phobia has been identified, it can be treated. Most dental phobias are born out of ignorance of dental procedures, or based on experiences a long time ago; dentists are well aware of this and many are trained to cope with this. By consulting your dentist face to face, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by how dental procedures advance each year and have become virtually pain-free. Learning about the treatments and sedation techniques on offer to you, will give you the power of choice and put you in the driving seat and in the end, help you to overcome your phobia.