In not so many words, YES. Phobia of the dentist is very real, and for some, it’s outright debilitating. In fact, the clinical term for phobia of the dentist (and all things having to do with messing with your teeth/gums) is odontophobia.
Phobia of the Dentist – Odontophobia, What’s it Like?
A Phobia of the dentist looks different from person to person. Some develop fears from a previous dental experience, while some can’t explain why they are so terrified.
Fear of going to the dentist may not even be based around a fear of possible pain, for example, anesthetics often contain adrenaline. If, during a previous experience, the dentist accidentally hit a blood vessel or you are very sensitive to adrenaline, you could experience heart palpitations which can spike anxiety and make you feel like you’re going to pass out.
Phobia of the Dentist Shouldn’t Keep You from Needed Care
With advances in sedation dentistry and a better understanding surrounding odontophobia, getting the dental care you need is possible, even with severe cases. Using a combination of counseling, anxiety-reducing techniques, IV sedation and/or oral medication, makes it possible for so many adults to stop suffering with unnecessary dental pain caused during the years or decades they spent avoiding the dentist chair.
Dr. Reem Kidess is a certified sedation dentist in Phoenix, AZ, skilled in several sedation techniques, which means she is able to tailor your experience to meet your specific sedation needs. She will take the time to get to know you and understand your challenges. Her compassionate team is there to answer your questions (yes, all of them, it’s okay) and aid in making your visits as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. Contact our team today to schedule your consultation.