Some people don’t look forward to a visit to the dentist’s office. This is despite the fact that dental procedures are not always painful. Dental anxiety and dental phobia are extremely common with up to 15% of Americans avoiding the dentist’s office out of fear.

People with dental anxiety often experience feelings of uneasiness as their appointments draw nearer. Some who suffer from more extreme forms of dental phobia may actually never visit a dentist or they may force themselves to go but not be able to sleep the night before.

It is worth noting however that people who suffer from dental anxiety and phobia are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. This is because they may not schedule regular visits and hence don’t get checked out or even get the recommended 2 cleanings per year.

There are lots of reasons why people develop a fear of the dentist’s office. Some of the most common include;

  • Pain experienced in the past or the fear of expected pain
  • A feeling of helplessness or loss of control while in the dentist’s chair
  • Some may feel embarrassed about the state of their oral health and about a stranger (dentist) taking a closer look.
  • Negative past experiences or negative perceptions of dental procedures

It is perfectly normal to have concerns about your upcoming visit to the dentist but if you experience certain feelings such as increased nervousness while in the waiting room, you may be experiencing dental anxiety.

Visit Downtown Atlanta Dentistry clinic for dental care that is considerate of your anxiety.