If you have some sort of phobia about visiting your local dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 70% of people suffer from some level of anxiety at the thought of, let alone the visit to, the dentist.
This anxiety, popularly called dentophobia, ranges from mild to so severe that some people (as many as 10%) are literally unable to visit a dentist and never get the care they need. This phobia is not specific to a single group and is shared between man, women and children, though statistics show that it is slightly more prevalent in women.
The main causes of dentophobia are:-
- Bad experience of a dentist visit at an earlier point in life.
- Bad experiences relayed by a family member or friend
- Fear of being anesthetized
- Fear that they will be in the control of another person
- Perception that dentists are somehow “bad” or “evil” due to images see on TV etc.
- Fear of all medical professionals and establishments, including doctors and hospitals.
The good news is that dentophobia is the vast majority of people can be overcome, and this really is great news because, as we all know, having good dental hygiene and health is essential to having a happy and health mind and body. It is that important.
Most people, with just a little encouragement, can simply get to know the best encino dentist a little better. They can simply tell the dentist that they have this phobia and most good dentists will take the time to sit with the patient and explain why there is absolutely no need to have any fear. This, for most people, works fine.
If simply talking and getting to know the dentist is not enough and this may be the case when someone has had a bad past experience where pain was involved, sedation may be the best option. Sedation dentistry is where the patient is either mildly sedated so they are still awake (just the nervous “edge” is taken off) or where they are completely asleep for the whole procedure. Many people do opt for being fully sedated, especially when drilling or pulling teeth is involved, and if this sounds like the solution for you, you must make sure your dentist is fully qualified to perform this service.
For the most severe cases of dentophobia, the services of a psychologist may be required. In fact, there are psychologists who specialize in these types of phobias and there are also dedicated classes that sufferers can attend to get their fears reduced to the level where they can actually visit a dentist’s office.
The bottom line is that no matter what level of phobia you suffer, getting the right dental treatment is critical to your health. Start by talking to your dentist and you will realize that they really are the good guys and with modern dental practices, pain is a thing of the past and there is no need to suffer anymore.