Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia FAQ
What is Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia?
If you are terrified at even the thought of going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated 9%-15% of people avoid the dentist due to Dental Anxiety and fear. That is a staggering 30-40 million people!
Dental Anxiety is defined by Medical-Dictionary as fear related to seeking or receiving dental care. An article reviewed by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine describes Dental Phobia as being so fearful of receiving dental treatment, one will do just about anything to avoid a dental appointment.
What are common Dental Fears?
There are a wide range of fears people may have; the most common is fear of pain. Other fears include fear of injections, fear the injection won’t work, fear of anesthetic side effects, embarrassment, feelings of helplessness/loss of control, and loss of personal space.
How do I know if I have Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia?
According to WebMD, signs of Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia include:
- Trouble sleeping the night before the dental exam
- Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist
- Feelings of nervousness that escalates while in the dental office waiting room
- Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breath
What Causes Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia?
The majority of people who develop fear of going to the dentist have had a negative past experience. It is most common for adults to have fear of the dentist due to a direct experience they had in the past when anesthesia was either less effective or not used. Anesthesia has come a long way in the last several years and dentists are also much more focused on the comfort level of their patients. Because of this advancement, children are far less likely to have Dental Fears because they experience fewer negative dental experiences.
I have Dental Anxiety, what can I do?
The first thing you need to do is be upfront with your dentist about your fears, concerns, and feelings. Remember, your dentist is a patient, too. You would probably be surprised to find out how many dentists have some level of anxiety when they are in the chair!
There are ways your treatment can be adapted in order to help you overcome your anxiety. Here at Rockville Dental Implant Center, we offer Sedation Dentistry for all procedures we perform. We can sedate for something as simple as a cleaning to as complex as a complete mouth restoration. We offer IV Dental Sedation, Oral Conscious Dental Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide Sedation. Permanent Dental Implant
Call us today: (301)770-0407 or click here to schedule a complementary consultation. We have a lot of experience dealing with patients with all levels of dental anxiety/fear. We will listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan for you. Take the first step in overcoming your Dental Fears by scheduling your complementary consultation today. You CAN do it! 🙂