What Causes Dental Fear?

What Causes Dental Fear?

Dental Fear

Have you ever been on your way to the dentist office and are overcome by anxiety?  Do you feel the anxiety climbing the closer you get to the office?  You try to rationalize these feelings but seem to be loosing the battle.  In your mind, you try to reassure yourself there is nothing to fear, but that little voice in your head keeps drifting to scenarios of dental horrors that will cause you great pain. You finally arrive at your dentist office and can feel the panic setting in.  A few minutes later you are in your dentist chair. The panic has taken hold and your looking for a window to climb out before the dentist ever arrives. At this point, you are in a frenzy.  Just the mere site of the dentist might make you run for your life!

The scenario above represents how someone with dental phobia feels when visiting the dentist.  Dental phobia or dental anxiety are conditions, if not addressed, can affect someone’s overall health.  Your dental health directly impacts your physical health.  When avoiding the dentist, untreated conditions in your mouth can lead to other health issues down the road.  Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety affect an estimated 1 out of every 10 people visiting the dentist office in America. Fear ranges from feeling like you are in an uncomfortable situation to the extreme of blown out panic, depending on the person.

What Causes Dental Fear?

Dental fear,  in general,  is caused by a “fear of pain”.  It doesn’t matter if the fear was caused by a prior “bad experience” in which your mind justifies the fear or  an imaginary situation that your mind has designed.  Your brain, being the most complex organ in your body controls every function in your body.  It also has the ability to manifest fear.

How To Fix Dental Fear

This is a complex issue to fix.  The key is to convince the mind that there is nothing to fear in relation to your dental treatments.  Easier said than done, right? What most people don’t realize is that the majority of dental treatments are painless.  At Glasscock Dental, we very much understand dental fear.  Our goal is to provide each patients with a “Stress Free” dental experience by providing “One person at a time” dental care.  Our goal is to make our patients at ease by explaining everything you will experience before we even begin.   We’ve found by walking our patients through each procedure helps them relax by knowing what to expect each step of the way. Our goal is to relieve fear by knowing on what to expect.


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