Dental Phobia? You’re Not Alone.

A large population of people in the United States suffer from phobias; of this population, there is a smaller percentage of those who suffer from dental phobias, specifically. How do you know if you have a dental phobia? By the end of this article, you should have a better idea of whether or not you fall in that percentage.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) describes a phobia as: A marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable; excessive fear in the presence of, or anticipating, an object or situation; may also include concerns with losing control, panicking, and fainting which is the direct result of an encounter with the phobia.”

There are countless explanations of what can cause someone to suffer from a phobia, but when it comes to dental phobias, the common causes are:

1. Previous Bad Experiences at the Dental Office

  • Most common cause of dental phobia
  • Many times (but not always) the origin is a negative childhood experience

2. Pain

  • A phobia related to pain or needles can also cause a dental phobia

3. Humiliation/Embarrassment

  • Insensitive remarks by a dentist or his staff
  • Anticipation of negative remarks by the dentist/hygienist

4. Distrust of the Dentist

  • When dentists are or seem uncaring or cold it can result in a dental phobia

5. Abuse

  • Individuals with a history of physical or psychological abuse are known to experience dental phobias

If, after reading this article, you feel as though you may have a dental phobia, the first thing to do is to find a dentist whom you trust. He/she will explain to you all of the options available that can help you to feel more comfortable and hopefully, lay your fears to rest; one of these options may be sedation dentistry. Click the following link to learn more about sedation dentistry: http://dentaloncentral.com/2011/sedation-dentistry/

Visiting the dentist does not have to be unpleasant experience. You have options; the only thing you have to do now is find which one works best for you.