It’s Time to Talk about your Dental Phobia
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
The fear of visiting the dentist is a real one and effects between 9%-20% of Americans. It can be rooted in a childhood experience visiting the dentist that caused you pain. Dental phobia can also be due to fear of not having control, feeling helpless, injections, pain, anesthetic side effects, or embarrassment due to a loss of personal space. All of these fears are legitimate and deserve to be acknowledged.
What is the dental phobia?
Dental phobia is a more serious condition than having general anxiety about visiting the dentist. Dental phobia creates feelings of panic and can leave some feeling terrified at the very idea of stepping into the dentist office. People with dental phobia typically understand that their fear is completely irrational. Nevertheless, they feel like they can’t do anything about it. These individuals will also demonstrate avoidance behavior and will do anything to avoid sitting in the dentist’s chair. They will only go to the dentist if they are in extreme dental pain, and even then must be forced to.
What is causing my dental phobia?
There are a variety of reasons and circumstances that could have created your dental phobia. Here, we will address three:
- Fear of pain. This is one of the most well-known reasons that people have for avoiding the dentist at all costs. This fear may have developed due to a dental experience in childhood that resulted in a small or large amount of pain.
- Fear of injections. Many people harbor a fear of needles. When those needles (injections) are put in your mouth, anxiety sometimes sky rockets. Others fear that the anesthesia won’t take effect before their procedure starts.
- Fear of feeling helpless. Sitting in a dental chair, mouth wide open, with a dentist or hygienist probing your teeth and gums, can be unsettling. For some, they feel helpless in this situation because they can’t see or understand what is going on.
Schedule a consultation
At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, we understand that dental phobia is real. We are also confident that communication with your dentist is the first step to overcoming this fear. To schedule a consultation, contact our office at 310-285-0538.
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