Dental fear

At Godt Smil we have extra emphasis on dental fear.

Purpose To ensure a positive experience at the dentist
Result A safer visit at the dentist with emphasis on your needs
Visit time per appointment 30 – 45 minutes
Sedation Learn more about the possibility of choosing full anesthesia or sedation

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Dental fear

Dental fear:

About 40% of the Danish population suffers from dental fear – either mildly or severely.

Did you know that roughly 10% of them are so afraid that they postpone their regular visit to the dentist?

Unfortunately, postponing the yearly visit can have a negative impact on their health and lead to extensive treatment needs.

At Godt Smil, we have dentists and dental assistants who are highly capable of treating patients with dental fear. This way, we can ensure that you have as safe and pleasant an experience as possible, despite your fears.

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Receive the help you need for dental fear

If you do not go to the dentist regularly and have your dental check-up (in Danish), the risk of developing cavities is higher. And the risk of not discovering them in time is even higher.

To avoid cavities that require treatment, good dental hygiene is of utmost importance. During your regular dental check-up, we guide you on how to ensure the most optimal oral hygiene.

We also identify the areas in your mouth that need extra care and focus when doing your daily oral routine.

The regular dental check-up also prevents issues with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which can eventually develop into periodontal disease.

If you have dental fear, even a dental check-up can be a challenge for you. At Godt Smil, we are aware of this and have specialized in helping you cope with or relieve your dental fear.

We also offer the option of sedation (in Danish) or full anesthesia (in Danish) to make your treatments as comfortable as possible for you.

We help you through your treatment:

At Godt Smil, our dentists and dental assistants understand that just going to the dentist and receiving treatment can be a very big step when you suffer from dental fear.

Dental fear comes in many forms, and there is a significant difference in which treatment and procedure would be most appropriate for you.

Our clinics have a wide variety of tools at our disposal to make the experience and treatment more pleasant for you.

Several of our clinics also have their own specialists in anesthesia attached, so they can offer to perform the treatment under full anesthesia.

Find your local clinic and contact us to learn more >>> (in Danish)

What is dental fear?

Most of our patients with dental fear developed it during childhood due to an unpleasant experience at the dentist, such as a root canal treatment (in Danish).

This experience caused a fear of dentists.

Once you have dental fear, you naturally prefer to avoid going to the dentist, and it takes a lot before you want to even consider having your teeth examined.

However, not going to the dentist can have consequences because diseases such as gingivitis (in Danish) or a chipped tooth (in Danish) can cause more significant damage in the long term if left untreated.

Read more about our treatments >>> (in Danish)

What can you do yourself?

There are a few things you can do to help yourself in the process:

  1. Acknowledge your dental fear. This helps the dentist help you better. Many people have dental fear, so know that you are not alone.
  2. Make specific requests of the dentist. Make clear agreements about the treatment so that both you and your dentist know what will happen, and so that you can set the pace for your treatment..
  3. Let the dentist know if it hurts. They do not know if you are experiencing discomfort or pain, so it is important to communicate with them.
  4. Go to the dentist regularly. To build trust and show goodwill towards the dentist and the process, you can plan your dental check-up every 3-4 months. Remember to comply with the agreements and only cancel if it is absolutely necessary.


Sedation (in Danish) is an effective remedy against dental fear and is offered in cooperation with skilled specialists in anesthesia.

The principle of sedation is to give a combination of painkillers and sedative medication, after which the local anesthetic is applied.

As a patient, you are half awake during your treatment and can thus cooperate with the dentist in breathing and opening your mouth if required.

Full anesthesia:

Under full anesthesia (in Danish), you are asleep and will, therefore, neither feel nor hear anything while the dentist works.

At Godt Smil, we offer full anesthesia to patients with dental fear who are undergoing surgical treatment such as dental implants and wisdom teeth removal.

Just as with sedation, we offer full anesthesia in cooperation with experienced and skilled specialists in anesthesia.

Dental fear can be treated:

Like most other phobias, dental fear or anxiety can today be treated with a psychologist or therapist who can help you overcome the fear.

At Godt Smil, we will do anything to get you through your treatment well.

Talk with us about your dental fear beforehand, and we will help you along the way as best as possible – and take you through the entire process at your own pace.

What can I do about my dental fear?

The five best pieces of advice for dental fear are:

1) Consider what it takes for you to have the best experience.

2) Make demands of your dentist – and speak up if necessary.

3) Schedule your appointment as the first thing of the day, so it is over.

4) Bring someone you feel safe and comfortable with, so you know you are supported.

5) Acknowledge that your fear exists.

Tell us about your dental fear when you book your appointment (in Danish)

Frequently asked questions

How many Danes have dental fear?

Did you know that up to 40% of Denmark’s adult population suffers from dental fear?

6-10% have it to such an extent that it affects their health because they stay away from the dentist despite pain.
Get help to deal with your dental fear and articulate your needs.

Read more about dental fear here.

What does anesthesia cost at the dentist?

When you need anesthesia, it is necessary to have an anesthesiologist and an anesthesia nurse present in addition to the dentist and dental assistant.
You typically pay per started hour, and the price is from 3,495 DKK per hour.

What happens if you do not go to the dentist?

If you do not go to the dentist, you will eventually experience problems because tartar, discoloration, and plaque can build up. This creates challenges with both gum inflammation, periodontitis, and cavities.
The most important thing is to remember good dental hygiene routines with a toothbrush and dental floss.

What is sedation anesthesia?

Sedation is a calming type of anesthesia that works by making you relaxed and indifferent.
Sedation is not a complete anesthesia, but you will receive local anesthesia during sedation, so you will not feel anything during the procedure.

Why should you go to the dentist?

You should go to the dentist regularly to ensure that any dental problems are detected in time.
For example, an undetected cavity may end up requiring a root canal if not detected early enough. Gum inflammation can also develop into periodontitis if not addressed.

Is it safe to go to the dentist?

It is important that you feel safe.
The Danish Patient Safety Authority has ensured that dentists in Denmark must comply with guidelines that allow you to sit safely and securely in the dentist’s chair.
If you do not feel safe, you should know that there is free choice of dentist in Denmark. This means that you are free to find exactly the dentist who you believe is right for you.

When should you go to the dentist?

Regular check-ups every 6-12 months ensure prevention of various dental diseases.
In addition to the check-ups, it is important to come if you experience any pain or soreness. That way, it can be examined in time – without the risk of it developing further.

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