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Did You Dream About a Dentist? Here's What It Means

When an interesting dream subject like a dentist makes an appearance in a dream, it can have many possible explanations.

Listed below are three analytical interpretations of dreams involving this dream topic from our dream guides.

Which interpretation explains your dream the best?

What does a dentist mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about visiting a dentist often hints at anxiety or fear about a situation in your waking life. Although, it's likely to be more complicated than that.

It may also suggest that you're dealing with some painful or difficult issue that needs to be "extracted" or removed.

Alternatively, dreaming about being a dentist implies that you're in a position of power or control. It may indicate that you're examining or scrutinizing aspects of your life, or it could suggest that you're trying to "fix" something or someone. The common themes among these dream variants may be thought of as a call to address unresolved issues and to take care of your mental and emotional health.

A dentist is a somewhat very deep dream symbol to get one's head around. To know confidently, I'd have to really get to know the dreamer's life story and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of visiting a dentist may be an unconscious manifestation of your concern for oral hygiene, or a metaphorical representation of your need to express yourself more clearly.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — It could also symbolize a fear of losing control, as one often feels vulnerable in a dentist's chair. Dreaming of being a dentist, however, could be indicative of your desire to heal or mend situations in your life. The Freudian perspective might suggest an oral fixation, or a need to return to a more nurturing phase of life. The common themes among these dream archetypes, in essence, could be your psyche's way of urging you to confront issues that you may have been avoiding, and to take steps towards resolution and healing.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of visiting a dentist may reflect a spiritual cleansing, a need to rid oneself of negativity or harmful habits. It's a call to confront your fears and anxieties, to face them head-on in order to heal. Dreaming of being a dentist, by contrast, signifies a spiritual awakening or transformation. It suggests you're in a position to help others, to guide them through their own spiritual journeys. It's a call to use your wisdom and knowledge to heal and uplift those around you. The common themes among these dream variations, in essence, are spiritual prompts urging you to confront and resolve issues, to cleanse and heal, and to use your power to help others.

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So whose analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a dentist fits with your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing. Any image in a dream can symbolize a wide range of meanings — or result from many different themes from our daily life.

Have a slightly different dream analysis for a dream about a dentist of your own? We'd love to hear your own thoughts in the comments down below.

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