“Dentophobia” or “odontophobia” is fear of the dentist. This is a common fear many people have, but did you know it’s extremely common amongst redheads? The reason for this often has to do with redhead’s pain tolerance and our need for more anesthesia. Redheads perceive pain differently, and most redheads require more pain medication or anesthesia than other patients. Here are some tips for how to handle going to the dentist as a redhead.
1. Find someone you trust
Pain management isn’t the only thing that’s scary about the dentist and it’s okay to feel nervous but you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. Find a dentist you trust who listens to your concerns. If you’re feeling uncomfortable at all, ask to switch dentists or find a new practice. Finding the right fit will make the experience so much better.
2. Speak up for yourself
If you’re not getting the numbing or the pain treatment you need while having dental work done, you’re going to be miserable. It’s important to tell your dentist that you’re feeling pain. If you know you need extra anesthesia tell your dentist upfront before any work happens. Most dentists know that this is common among redheads, but if they don’t you have to advocate for yourself.
3. Ask for split treatments
Sometimes the dentist cannot give you more pain medication because you’ll be over the safe limit. If that’s the case and you’re feeling pain or discomfort, ask if you can go home and come back another day to finish the treatment. Depending on the type of work you’re having done this may not be possible, but they may have other options for you.
4. Find solace in talking to our redheads
The How to be a Redhead social media community is a great resource to find other redheads who have a similar feeling about visiting the dentist. Here are some viral videos about redheads needing more anesthesia, and more pain medication:
Rock it like a Redhead!