What is Dental Phobia?
What do the terms odontophobia, dentophobia, fear of the dentist, dental anxiety, and dental phobia all have in common? These terms, despite their different names, have the same meaning: Dental Phobia.
Many people were, and still are, under the impression that dental phobia is a made-up fear, used as a “way out” for those who wish to skip their dental appointments. This notion is, however, undermining a legitimate fear that is backed up by psychology and a long history of dental avoidance.
Dental phobia is defined as an intense fear of visiting the dentist for dental care. Studies show that nearly ten percent of people in the United States suffer from dental phobia, and sufferers of dental phobia range from children to older adults. Dental phobia prevents people of all ages from being evaluated orally, and thus, puts their oral and general health at risk.
It is extremely important for sufferers to understand what dental phobia is from a psychological standpoint, to recognize the many different reasons why one may fear the dentist, and to understand that there are ways to overcome it.
Psychology Behind Dental Phobia
It is extremely important for sufferers and non-sufferers to understand what dental phobia is from a psychological standpoint, to recognize the various reasons why one may fear the dentist, to decipher what aspect of dentistry is feared, and to understand that there are ways to overcome it.
There are many facets to dental phobia. Factors that have contributed to the development of dental phobia include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Parental fear passed down to child
- Fear developed due to personal trauma
- Fear developed from a past dental experience
- Some form of psychological disorder
The many different aspects of dentistry that are feared have been exposed and explained in order for people to understand that although dental phobia is an extreme fear of visiting the dentist for dental care, the root cause in which the fear stems from varies from person to person.
Main Causes of Dental Phobia
The largest percentage of people have developed dental phobia due to fear of pain associated with dental treatments of any kind — ranging anywhere from dental cleanings to involved, invasive dental procedures. The next largest percentage of people were recorded to have developed dental phobia from the sounds and sights of a dental drill/dental drilling. A smaller percentage of people developed dental phobia from one of the following:
- a fear of getting stuck in the dental chair
- having to keep their mouths open for elongated periods of time
- gagging or choking
- the association of dentistry with having impressions done
- receiving a dental bill
- or fear of the discomfort in general
How Can We Help?
Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we help patients overcome dental phobia in a multitude of ways. How? First, we will list our the ways in which we help you overcome your dental phobia. Then, we will explain!
At Advanced Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we work hard to reverse your dental phobia by offering the following:
- Friendly, positive staff
- Comfortable and colorful waiting room
- Operatories that allow you to choose your own music
- Dental professionals who are highly experienced
- Dental professionals who are skilled in the latest dental techniques
- Thoroughly explained treatments, procedures, etc.
- We offer sedation dentistry
- Our office is equipped with the latest technology
- Each patient is assigned their own concierge treatment plan coordinator
To start, we pride ourselves in the friendly, relaxing, positive, and trustworthy environment that we have created. Whether you are physically walking into our office or simply speaking to one of our receptionists over the phone, we greet you with the utmost respect and understanding. As dental professionals, we know how hard it often is to take the first step when it comes to your dental health. With that said, we take the time to get to know you, along with your dental needs.
In each operatory, we have the ability to play your choice of music to calm your nerves and make you feel as comfortable as possible. We explain dental procedures in a thorough manner, involving you in every step of the process. You will never feel in the dark or confused about any treatment option, procedure, or step you will be taking in our office.
Our awareness in combination with the research we have done regarding dental phobia has fully equipped our staff with the knowledge necessary to provide our patients with everything they need to know in order to manage and combat dentophobia. In addition, the personal treatment plan coordinator you are assigned to will be your go-to throughout your entire dental journey from start to finish. They will gladly answer every question and concern you may have.
We provide sedation dentistry. Local anesthetics have long been a pivotal and effective solution for alleviating patients’ fears, as well as any pain or discomfort they would experience. Our anesthesiologists are incredible in providing you with the sedation you need in order to feel optimally comfortable in the dental chair.
Our Up-To-Date Technology
Technology, as we have researched, is one of the leading fighters against dental phobia. Our office is fully equipped with quiet drills, 3D scanners, and painless injection systems that show our fearful patients that dental experiences do not always have to be associated with a long, painful process and loud, unnerving dental tools.
Our Experience & Techniques
With an office full of professionals with 20+ years of experience and staff with amazing google reviews, we are an office you can trust. Trust, we know, is an important part in finding a practice that makes a fearful patient gain the courage to call and make an appointment. Our success rate puts us at the top of the list, with a friendly staff and modern office to back it up.
The dental techniques we use when it comes to various procedures are the most resourceful and proven-effective methods towards reaching the goal at hand. Call Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry at (877)440-7321 or schedule your appointment by clicking here. It’s time to drop your fears, recognize that we are here for you, and put your trust in us!