Most people don’t look forward to visiting the dentist, but they still go and have their dental work done without much worry. Those with dental anxiety or dental phobia, however, put off going to the dentist because of their crippling fear of the experience. Dental anxiety and phobia is a serious problem because avoiding the dentist leads to poor oral health, which can adversely affect not only your mouth but also the rest of your body’s health and vitality. Understanding the symptoms and causes of dental phobia and anxiety can help you determine if you or a loved one suffers from it.
Everyone experiences worry and fear, but anxiety and phobias are abnormal degrees of worry that often create a paralyzing fear. People with dental anxiety or phobia have such an unreasonable fear of going to the dentist that they would rather suffer pain from cavities or periodontal (gum) disease and embarrassment from broken teeth than seek the treatment that they need. This terror of having dental work done is a serious problem because it often leads to unnecessary suffering, low self-esteem, and health complications.
Some common symptoms of dental anxiety include:
If you experience these symptoms, you may have dental anxiety.
There are several common causes of dental anxiety, including:
If you or a loved one has dental anxiety and phobia, you are not alone. Approximately 30 to 40 million Americans suffer from it. Fortunately, a growing awareness of the problem and advances in technology have led many dentists, like Dr. Gary Bram at Dental Expressions, to adopt practices designed to alleviate dental anxiety and phobia. To learn more about how Dr. Gary Bram and his compassionate team can help you enjoy a stress-free dental visit, contact us today at 718-395-5331.