Fear of the Dentist is a Common Problem
Are you scared of the dentist? Don’t worry you are not alone. Did you know that as many as 75% of US adults experience some level of anxiety or dental fear? It is estimated that 9% – 15% of Americans avoid dental appointments because of dental fear.
Dental fear can present itself as either anxiety or a phobia. In general anxiety is the milder form of dental fear. Anxiety would be a general uneasiness. A phobia is stronger. A dental fear phobia would be an intense fear or dread of a dental visit.
Fear of the dentist is often caused by negative childhood dental experiences, possibly a severe gag reflex, fear of needles, or even the high-pitched sound of the dental drill. The dentist is avoided for years, at all costs, so you walk around with a badly broken down tooth, chewing on only one side of your mouth until another tooth breaks on the other side.