ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DENTIST?
About 53% of the UK population suffers from dental phobia and experience anxiety and fear before and during their visit to the dentist. Dental phobia is a worldwide problem for all patients around the world.
Fear can take many forms, from slight nervousness to all-out panic. For mild sufferers, visiting the dentist is an unpleasant experience. But for a significant minority of acute phobics, anxiety can be intense enough to deter visiting altogether. Every day we speak to nervous patients who are terrified to tears by the mere thought of booking a dental appointment.
Our research shows that 17% of the population suffer from a level of dental phobia to an extent where they completely avoid the dentist to their own detriment and suffering.
For this group, years of avoidance and missed appointments can have severe consequences for both oral and mental health. It’s not uncommon for dentists to encounter patients who endure years of pain, gum disease, loose or missing teeth and ill-health before finally confronting their fear. Some even turn to self-treatment rather than overcome their anxiety.
REASONS FOR DENTAL PHOBIA
SYMPTOMS OF DENTAL PHOBIA
The symptoms of dental phobia vary from patient to patient. Sufferers will commonly experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sleepless nights before the visit
- Heart throbbing (palpitations)
- Heart racing (tachycardia)
- Dry mouth
- Elevated blood pressure (hypertension)
- Trembling and tremor
- Feelings of suffocation
- Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
- Urge to urinate
- Urge to gag or vomit
- Fainting and hypotension
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