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What is Dental Phobia & Anxiety And How to

Overcome it?

There are certain patients who never look forward to their dental appointments. This

is because they consider that it will be a terrifying experience and get stressed out

with the idea of being examined by a dentist. Though it is natural to be anxious about

the usual dental procedures, but when this takes the form of phobia then you need to

find a way to overcome it.

A phobia in particular is an intense or unreasonable fear. You can either have a phobia

about a particular object, activity and situation. Those people who are a victim of

dental phobia stay miles apart from the routine care for years and in rare cases for

decades. This makes them prone to periodontal diseases, broken teeth and extreme

pain, which could have been avoided with proper check-ups from Dentist Sandhurst –

Carrum Downs Dental Care.

Dental phobia and anxiety is a relatively common thing that occurs to over 30 to 40

million people around the globe. In fact, studies performed by Australian Dental

Association indicated that almost 36% of the people who never visited the dentist

accepted that their fear was amongst the main reason for the same.

Know The Causes of Dental Phobia and Anxiety

There are many reasons that lead to the formation of dental phobia and anxiety

in your mind, some of the common ones include the following;

1.Too much pain: The fear of pain is one of the most common thing proclaimed by

those who are 24 years or older. However, it should be understood that not every

dental procedure is painful. Rather, the Seaford dentist explain that a little pain during

the procedure can apparently save you from the unbearable pain that occurs when a

disorder turns chronic from acute when left untreated.

2.Embarrassment: Most of the people have a sense of self-consciousness and hence

are concerned about how their teeth appear when the dentist examines them. This is

something that makes them uncomfortable and scared about the idea of being treated.

But it must be understood that it is the responsibility of the dentist to keep your

pearly whites and gums at their best conditions. Hence, when your teeth are not in

such a good state then you should consult with professionals immediately instead of

feeling embarrassed about it.

3.Negative experiences in past: Anyone who have suffered from discomfort or pain

in their earlier visit to the dentist might likely be more anxious about their upcoming

visit. Remember, your experiences in every seating is not the same, so discuss your

doubts and fears with the dentist which will make you aware of the simplicity of most

of the dental procedures.

Common Symptoms of Dental Phobia

There are times when people are not aware that they are suffering from dental anxiety

and phobia. In such a case you have to look after the signs of this condition which are

1.You become too nervous when sitting at the waiting room for your appointment

2.You feel scared and are unable to sleep the night before dental visit

3.The sight of dental instrument is enough to make you anxious

4.You are unable to breathe properly when the dentist uses instruments in your


Remember, your dental routine matters and hence overcome this phobia with Dentist