What is dental phobia?
Dental phobia, officially known as dentophobia, is a strong fear or repulsion of seeing the dentist. It is far more than simple nervousness, and can cause people to put off even essential dental care for months or years. Dental phobia can have many different causes, but most people who suffer from it experience one or more of these underlying fears:
“The Dentist”: Like an IRS auditor, “the dentist” may be viewed as cold or even frankly sadistic. Those who have had one or more negative dental experiences are most likely to develop this fear.
Pain: Painless dentistry is becoming more and more common, but even today, most procedures cause a small amount of pain. People with a fear of pain may imagine excruciating torture.
Gagging or Numbness: Those who have previously experienced trouble breathing, as well as those with a strong gag reflex or the fear of vomiting, may be especially afraid of having their mouths numbed and dental instruments inserted.
Needles: Those with a fear of needles are often highly afraid of numbing injections in the mouth.
Ambience: People who have had poor experiences with dentists may develop a fear of the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.
Fortunately, modern dentistry can help. From relaxing music and warm blankets to sedation dentistry, our dentists are committed to making your visit as smooth as possible. Let our office know of your fear when you make your appointment, and we will work with you to help you conquer your phobia.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.