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Did you know that around 20% of the population avoids going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety? This can eventually be the cause of higher risk of gum disease, damaged or discolored teeth, and expensive repairs. So what causes dental anxiety and phobia?

-Past Painful Experiences – This could have been from working with an unprofessional dentist or having had painful procedures. It is important that if this is the case that the patient is reassured and walked transparently through procedures.

-Loss of Control – Patients dealing with emotional or psychological issues can have those conditions triggered by the feeling of helplessness. Patients that feel helpless will need to be reminded that they can stop the procedure at any time and are in complete control.

-Embarrassment – Patients with embarrassment over the condition of their teeth will need to be reminded that dentists see teeth in all conditions and do not judge their patients for poor oral health.

What are signs that you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia?
-Crying when you think of going to the dentist.
-Becoming physically ill at the thought of a dental visit.-You become tense or have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
-Becoming increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
-Panic or troubled breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.

If you are someone that suffers from fear of the dentist please tell us about your feelings, concerns, and fears. We are here to help!