Dental phobia, also known as odontophobia, or dental anxiety, is an overwhelming fear of the dentist and dental procedures. According to a study, 58.8% of the survey sample showed an intense fear of dentists, and more surprisingly, no correlation was found between dental anxiety and age or level of education. Dentophobia is an irrational fear that often causes many dental patients to suffer in silence because they wouldn’t want to visit a dentist.
If you are one of the many people with dental phobia, you probably feel uneasy, nervous and intimidated while lying on the dental operating table swiveling around on Myonic Bearings looking at all the strange tools in front of you. This is the case for many dental patients, but you shouldn’t let anything in a dental office scare you.
What Causes Dental Phobia?
Many people don’t exactly fear the dentist; they fear the pain associated with dental procedures. In most cases, the pain is exaggerated by the imagination and is nothing like the truth. Advancements in modern medicine have drastically improved dentistry, and most procedures are nearly painless. Dentists don’t even have to use needles to administer anesthesia thanks to the many options available today, including gas and numbing cream.
In some patients, the fear stems from the uncomfortable invasion of personal space, feeling helpless under anesthesia, a negative image of dentistry, and not understanding the procedures. Others fear the dentist simply because they fear hospital, surgery, or medicine.
Looking Past the Fear
The task of reducing the fear in patients usually falls on the dentist. Some dentists take their time to talk to their patients about the details of the procedures, and in the process, reassuring them and putting their minds at ease. Others use a variety of “feel good” sedatives to help the patient relax.
On your part, try to get to the root of your fear; it could be the memories of a traumatic experience, stories, or even your imagination. Remind yourself that the fear is all in your head, and there is indeed nothing scary, strange, or threatening. Reinforce a positive attitude change, maybe through relaxation exercises or talking to a professional every time you have to see a dentist.