Many patients suffer from dental phobia or dental anxiety so much so that they will do anything to avoid going to a dentist. However do we know that dental phobia and dental anxiety are two different things? Well yes they are and today we will be discussing about both of them so that you can get a clear understanding.
So what is phobia? In generic terms this is an unreasonable fear from something. So you might be suffering from a phobia of any activity or object. In dentistry people suffering from dental phobia keep themselves away from routine dental care and not just for hours or days in fact months. They are happy to live with periodontal disease, crooked tooth and unhealthy gums. On the other hand dental anxiety is the feeling of uneasiness from something. In dentistry this counts for dental appointments.
These two conditions are extremely common. It has been assumed that globally 15% – 20% population does not wish to see their dentist. A survey was conducted by British Dental Health Foundation which stated that 36% of patients who do not visit their dentist have cited the same reason – Fear (Dental Anxiety).
When you compare both the conditions you will find out that Dental Phobia is a lot more serious than dental anxiety. Once can overcome anxiety but when it comes to fear the time frame to overcome it is a lot more. People facing dental phobia are at a higher risk of falling prey to some serious health issues. The biggest impact they have is on their gums. The dental health deteriorates, tooth becomes discolored and damaged and these situations lead to insecurity. It makes a patient cut himself off from society and even if they appear in public they will hide their mouth and then talk or smile. The embarrassment is of such a level that it starts affecting their professional and personal life. What’s worse is that this condition can lead to some other health issues like heart disease and lung disease.
Now, the question is: What Causes Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia?
Come let’s find out:
It is hard to differentiate between anxiety and phobia. We all have some or the other kind of fear and concern. Dental Treatment is good for you and your health so there has to be no fear or concern related to it. However if you are one amongst those who suffer from either of the two conditions then make sure that you tell your dentist about it so that he/she can take precaution while performing any treatment.