Scared of the Dentist? You’re Not Alone.
As many as 15 percent of Americans suffer from symptoms of dental anxiety or dental phobia. Routine dental care is not usually traumatic or painful, but those experiencing dental fear may never get as far as the office door. An unfortunate number of anxiety victims never get the dental treatments they need because they are too frightened to see the dentist. Besides fear of dentist visits, many with dental phobia suffer symptoms like sweating, trembling, heart palpitations, dizziness, headache, nausea, upset stomach and shortness of breath.
Dental Fear or Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia
Fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist shouldn’t be confused with the more serious dental phobia. While most people can tolerate anxiety symptoms, phobia symptoms may be disabling. A phobia causes more intense effects such as full-blown panic attacks and irrational thoughts or actions. People with dental phobia are at higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss, and they may even have poor general health because of dental neglect. Fortunately, it can be treated once the cause is determined.
4 Common Causes of Dental Fear
- The most common cause of dental anxiety is fear of pain. It is especially common in adults who experienced pain during dental procedures before modern pain-free techniques were prevalent.
- Sometimes, embarrassment or self-consciousness about the condition of their teeth or possible bad breath causes feelings of dread. Dental treatments require unusually close contact; having the dentist’s face mere inches away can be uncomfortable.
- Feelings of helplessness or loss of control can cause dental fear. In a dentist’s chair, many people feel confined and unable to predict or control what is happening to them. These perceptions can trigger anxiety and panic symptoms.
- A past negative dental experience can haunt a patient for decades. Pain, discomfort, trauma, or embarrassment during a procedure will make it more difficult to face the next dental appointment.
Talking to their dentist can help many people who experience dental anxiety or phobia during visits. If symptoms are severe, a mental health consultation may be necessary.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.
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