Dentist office always reminds of the pain and cries from drilling. Dental phobia is one of the major blocks in not visiting dentist office and escaping treatment and letting the things go bad. If you want to check that you have dental anxiety then just ask these question to yourself?
Are you afraid of your dentist?
Are you scared of going to the dental clinic?
Do you avoid going to the dentist?
Do you always try to cancel or postpone your dental appointments?
Does anxiety and dread rest alongside your calendar next to the words “dental appointment”?
If yes, then you are one of the 39% females or 33% males who suffer from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety or dental fear is the fear of receiving dental treatment. People tend to be scared of the dental clinic. Dental anxiety usually results in a vicious circle where dentally anxious people avoid treatment due to dental fear/phobia until an emergency occurs resulting in invasive treatments which may be troublesome or stressful thus reinforcing their dental fear.
Anxiety is a physiological or psychological state usually associated with fear or uneasiness. It is a normal reaction to pain or stress, often characterized by emotional, behavioral, and somatic components which usually create an unpleasant feeling with or without a reason/stimulus. It is usually unavoidable or uncontrollable. At times when anxiety is excessive it may be harmful, but at other times little bit of anxiety usually helps one to cope with difficult situations.
Dental anxiety or the fear of the dentist, dental clinic or dental treatment is one of the main reasons of avoidance of dental treatment. Dental anxiety is also the main reason for deteriorating oral health in both the developed and developing countries. Dental anxiety is associated with past experiences of stress or pain during a dental treatment. It is estimated that more than 50% of the patients suffer from some form of dental anxiety i.e. mild, moderate or severe. And nearly 30% of those who suffer from moderate or severe anxiety tend to avoid dental checkups until an emergency arises. The presence of dental anxiety in the present population seems to be nearly stable and the incidence has not reduced in spite of modern technology and treatment methods. Excessive fear or severe anxiety often leads to total avoidance of care leading to poor oral health, reduced quality of life and psychosocial problems.
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