If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 5% of people avoid visiting the dentist due to fear. There are many causes of dental phobia, such as:
A traumatic experience: Did you have a bad dental visit as a child? Emotionally intense memories from your past can powerfully affect your decision to go back.
Sitting in the dental chair: A fear of needles, the drill or pain once you’re in the dental chair is a concern for many.
Humiliation: Insensitive, critical comments from a former dentist or hygienist can make you cautious and fearful of a repeat experience.
Learned Fear: Perhaps you’ve never had a difficult dental experience, but a loved one or caregiver did.
Abuse: A history of physical or emotional abuse, especially from an authority figure, can increase the likelihood of a dental phobia.
The Negative Effects of Dental Phobia
When you’re truly afraid of something, you avoid it at all costs. Your brain is designed this way to protect you from a perceived potential danger. The concern with dental phobia is that it prevents you from receiving the preventive dental care that you deserve.
Dental problems may go unchecked and worsen and preventions that can help you maintain your smile’s health aren’t taken advantage of. You may suffer with painful oral health concerns and your fear prevents you from seeking out the help that you need.
Compassionate Dental Care
There are multiple options available to make your dental visit a comfortable and relaxing one. A compassionate, caring dentist has only one priority: insuring your best dental health in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. There are many ways that your dentist can help you have a positive dental visit, including sedation therapy. Ask your dentist what options are available to help you relax and get the care that you need.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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