Do you fear going to the dentist?
You are not alone; this phobia is so common that it has caught the attention of specialists. They have delved deep into what causes this behavior, studying and analyzing it in order to find answers.
According to according to recent studies of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, an average of 5% to 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentists because of fear.
Another 20% of Americans report experiencing so much anxiety at the thought of going for a dental procedure that they will visit the dentist only if it is completely necessary.
This behavior causes many to endure tooth pain or discomfort until it is completely unbearable. When they do visit a dentist, they might end up discovering that they waited too long to treat a condition or to salvage a decaying tooth.
The common perception of this type of fear is that it is based on a negative experience in the past, sometimes this is the case, but many times it is a matter of fear of surrendering all your control to someone else. The studies explains that the image of a patient on a chair with a dentist hovering above him with tools is menacing enough to create fear. The patient is in a position wherein he can hardly talk or respond; this scenario creates anxiety because the patient feels he is not in control.
According to this studies, every patient’s pain threshold is different, and dentists need to be very careful in making sure that their patients feel comfortable before proceeding. If more professionals did this, it would greatly reduce the number of dental phobics.
Patients also need to speak up and express their fears and concerns to their dentists, communication is very important. For example, they are encouraged to talk openly about their fears and to ask questions about procedures.
By: Prisma Dental
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