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Not many people really like going to the dentist. But for some people, the thought of going to the dentist can bring on fear so intense that they avoid getting needed dental care.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Some people's fear of going to the dentist or getting dental procedures done is so severe that they lose sleep at night and worry excessively about what might happen at the dentist's office.
Dental anxiety is common, with up to 15 percent of Americans avoiding seeing a dentist due to fear.
Dental anxiety is more common in older people, who may have experienced dental care when technologies were not as advanced as they are today.
Children today have very few negative dental experiences, so we tend to see fewer problems among younger people. But the older you are, the more likely you are to have had a dental procedure when anesthesia was less effective, or not used, and when dentists focused less on patient comfort.
Great strides have been made in focusing on making the patient comfortable.
How to Overcome Dental Anxiety
For people who have dental anxiety, the following strategies can help calm your fears:
It could very well be that the unknown is what you fear, so don’t be afraid to ask questions before a procedure and make sure that your dentist does everything he or she can to make you feel comfortable during your visit. And getting regular dental care is vital to your oral health, so it's well worth the effort.