Dental Anxiety

Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dental fear is a normal emotional reaction to one or more specific threatening stimuli in the dental situation.

However, dental anxiety is indicative of a state of apprehension that something dreadful is going to happen in relation to dental treatment, and it is usually coupled with a sense of losing control.  Similarly, dental phobia denotes a severe type of dental anxiety, and is characterised by marked and persistent anxiety in relation to either clearly discernible situations or objects (e.g. drilling, local anaesthetic injections) or to the dental setting in general.

The term ‘dental fear and anxiety’ (DFA) is often used to refer to strong negative feelings associated with dental treatment among children, adolescents and adults, whether or not the criteria for a diagnosis of dental phobia are met. Dental phobia can include fear of dental procedures, dental environment or setting, fear of dental instruments or fear of the dentist as a person.  People with dental phobia often avoid the dentist and neglect oral health, which may lead to painful dental problems and ultimately force a visit to the dentist. The emergency nature of this appointment may serve to worsen the phobia. This phenomenon may also be called the cycle of dental fear.

Dental anxiety typically starts in childhood.  There is the potential for this to place strains on relationships and negatively impact on employment.

Call DR Rashid at The Dentist Place in Clearwater to learn how we can be accommodating to you & your family members with Dental Fear and Anxiety at 727-799-0650 to schedule your consultation.

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