Do you have dental anxiety or fear before coming to the dentist? If you do, then you probably have a Dental Phobia. 20% of Americans have a dental phobia and avoid treatment that is recommended by the Dentist. Dental phobia is the fear of the dental office and everything that comes with it. Why do you say? The number one cause is the fear of pain. In other words fear of numbing, fearing that anesthetics will not work, or even the fear of side effects from the anesthetics. Many people do not go to the dentist on a regular basis because of the anxiety they get by walking in the office. Those 20% that don’t come to the dentist, only come because they are in so much pain and need help.
- Here are some signs you might have dental phobia:
- Trouble sleeping the night before a dental appointment
- Nerves start to work up while sitting in the reception area
- Feeling ill or like you cannot breathe while sitting in the dental chair
All of these things are a big part in why people do not like to come to the dentist. Did you know that there is a way to help with all these fears? Talking to the Dentist and/or the dental office team is a great way to help with the anxiety. They can provide the help of calming of your nerves, and help explain what your visit is going to consist of. They will make you feel more comfortable, and the dentist will be able to determine the best ways to ease your mind and make you less anxious about the visit. Fearing the dental office is normal, but do not let it stop you from coming on a regular basis or when you are in pain. Just remember there is a dental team that can help ease your mind and make it the best dental visit!