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Difference between Dental Phobia and Anxiety

BackMountainDentalPeople rarely get excited about going to the dentist, but most of them acknowledge that a dental visit is an absolute necessity to ensure their oral health. However, some patients avoid dental visits at all costs, even when they realize these visits’ importance. The condition that hinders these people from getting the quality oral care they need is commonly referred to as dental fear.

>Dental fear can be further broken down into two categories, namely dental anxiety and dental phobia. Dental anxiety and dental phobia are two different things although some people do use these terms interchangeably. Dental phobia is an intense and irrational fear of dentists, similar to other phobias like claustrophobia or acrophobia, while dental anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort toward dental appointments.

While people with dental anxiety dread going to the dentist, they do manage to do so eventually, albeit their anxiety remains even during the treatments. Those with dental phobia put off dental care for as long as they can. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help make dental treatments less frightening for sufferers of either condition, by making use of sedative drugs that make patients feel relaxed and comfortable during the treatments. Thanks to this dental breakthrough, patients who used to avoid dental sessions at all costs can now be more easily convinced to get the kind of care they need.



December 16, 2013 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , ,

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