If you’re terrified of the dentist, you’re not alone – nearly 75 percent of Americans also suffer from an aversion to the dental chair. Even some celebrities, who seem like untouchable and fearless beings, shiver at the prospect of a dental appointment. Here are some famous people you had no idea feared the dentist.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has made a name for himself by playing tough characters on the big screen. So it seems a little surprising that he’s scared of something as innocent as the dentist. He’s noted that his fear stems from paying a dentist $20,000 to grind his teeth down for a movie role.
As the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon, Kelly Osbourne has always been in the spotlight. Unfortunately for her, she suffers from a crippling fear of the dentist, which she documented on her Twitter account. On one occasion, she needed to get a filling, telling herself that she needed “to get over this fear of the dentist.” Afterward, she also tweeted out a thank you to her dentist.
After playing a dentist in the movie Horrible Bosses, one would think Jennifer Aniston has no qualms about her own dental visits. However, that’s not the case. In fact, she goes to a dentist that plays guitar during the visits to calm and relax her when she has molds in her mouth.
Towering at 6’8 tall, it doesn’t seem like much should scare star basketball player Lebron James. However, even this massive human being seems to have a fear of dental procedures. He posted a photo on his Instagram account showing a number of tools and hands reaching into his mouth. Along with the photo was the caption “someone please help me,” as well as a reference to his dentist being the boogeyman.
Harry Styles is best known for being a member of the pop band One Direction. Unfortunately, he also suffers from a huge fear of the dentist. He admitted to this phobia on his Twitter account, noting his fear of the dark as well.
Back in 2011, Nina Dobrev needed to have her wisdom teeth pulled. She wasn’t exactly enthused about the whole process, admitting that she was nervous and that the procedure was “not going to be fun.”
While comedian Kevin Hart is usually all smiles, a recent dentist visit left him wide-eyed in fear. He posted this image of him in the dentist’s chair on Instagram, asking people to pray for him because he was getting his teeth cleaned.
Luckily, if you do have trepidation for an upcoming dental appointment, there is hope. Sedation dentistry is something we offer to assuage your fears. With sedation dentistry, you’ll be given either nitrous oxide, moderated oral sedation, or IV sedation to reduce your awareness and anxiety during a visit. While you’re drifting in the ether, Dr. Mann will take care of everything, so by the time you return to full consciousness, all of the terrifying procedures will be over.
It’s time to stop avoiding the dentist. Call us now to make an appointment and learn more about how sedation dentistry works.