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Defining Dental Anxiety – The Basics

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Many people suffer anxiety when faced with an impending dental procedure, but people with dental phobia may become upset or even physically ill upon seeing a dental clinic or even a toothpaste commercial on television. Irrational dental fear can ruin a person’s oral health. Eventually, years of dental neglect may lead to general health problems. A dental phobia can be hard to classify. Some dental anxiety is rational and even expected. Other fears may be irrational or excessive. Many subtypes of dental anxiety exist, but when the thought of dental care causes an overwhelming negative reaction, the patient involved should seek help.

5 Common Causes of Dentist Phobia

Virtually anyone of any age or from walk of life can suffer from dental phobia. Here are some of the most common causes and risk factors:

  1. Past painful, frightening, or humiliating experience at the dentist
  2. Fear of criticism or embarrassment about oral care habits
  3. A dentist who is uncaring, especially one who does not manage patient pain
  4. Dental horror stories told by others or a loved one’s reaction to a negative dental experience
  5. A history of emotional or physical abuse, including bullying

In addition to the uncomfortable symptoms from anxiety and untreated dental problems, the effects of dental fear can lead to a loss of self-esteem and a sense of guilt over dental neglect. In some cases, poor oral health can lead to general health issues, and the effects on a person’s social and professional life can be significant. Extreme dental phobia may even cause a patient to avoid all medical doctors for fear of them suggesting dental treatment after an oral examination.

The advanced dentistry today is generally pain free, and dentists now are more aware of the devastating impact of dental fear. Many who suffer from dental phobia report that finding a compassionate dentist who is willing to work with them to reduce anxiety has made a world of difference.

Patients wanting to escape dental anxiety should speak openly about their fear with a dentist who understands and cares about their concerns.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

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