Is Dental Phobia Cramping Your Smile?

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Do you feel fear or anxiety when it comes time for your dental visit? If so, you are not alone! About 30 to 40 million Americans avoid their dentist for this reason, about 9% to 15% of people in the country.

Why do people fear their dentist?
The number one reason people fear their dentist is pain. Common in adults over 24 years old, people imagine that the procedures will hurt. They also worry that injection needles will hurt and that numbing agents will wear off during a procedure, leaving them in pain.

Loss of control is next on the list. Patients feel vulnerable as they sit in the chair not knowing what is going to happen next. This perceived helplessness fuels their anxiety.

Self-consciousness tends to exacerbate anxiety as the patient tries to sit still while their masked dental professional hovers over them with dental implements, or they may feel embarrassed because their smile isn’t what it should be.

Remembering past experiences that were negative can increase anxiety if a patient had a bad experience at the dentist’s office.

Dental anxiety vs. Dental Phobia
Patients who suffer from dental anxiety feel uneasy when they know it is time to see their dentist. They might experience exaggerated worries and fears. Patients who have dental phobia are terrified and panicky, which results in putting off getting dental help for years. Dental phobic people would rather wait until they are in pain, which means they can end up with gum infections or broken teeth because of their fear.

Symptoms of dental phobia:
–Are you unable to sleep the night before a dental exam?
–Are you increasingly nervous while waiting in the dental office before your appointment?
–Does seeing your dentist in a white coat increase your anxiety?
–Do you feel sick when you think about a dental visit?
–Do you have trouble breathing or panic when dental instruments are placed in your mouth?
–Does thinking about dental instruments make you want to cry?

If you experience any of these symptoms when visiting your dentist, we want to assure you that we can help! At Tier One Dental, we work hard to make your experience with us is as comfortable as possible. We help you relax and offer sedation dentistry to make your treatment pain-free.

You can trust that our team will do everything possible to give you the smile you have always wanted in a pleasant, pain-free environment. Please give us a call at 830-372-2852 to learn more about restoring your smile in our caring hands!