The Three Types of Dental Fear

Fear of the dentist is a huge problem in the United States. According to MedicalNewsToday.com: “while as many as four out of five Americans admit to being afraid of the dentist, it is estimated that one in seven Americans never get any dental treatment at all because of dental phobia.”

I’m Dr. James DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental, and these numbers are simply unacceptable. You do not have to live in fear of the dentist. I offer sedation dentistry to patients with dental anxiety, fear, or full-fledged phobia.

What are the levels of dental phobia and where do they come from?

There are three types of dental fear.

Dental anxiety is reacting to an unknown danger. Seventy-five percent of Americans have at least some form of anxiety related to going to the dentist.  This usually occurs when a patient is visiting the dentist for a problem they have never experienced before.

Dental fear is reacting to a known danger, usually something the patient has experienced before. In most cases, the experience was unpleasant in some way. Maybe the dentist was not gentle, or the patient suffered excessive pain.

Dental phobia is the most extreme level of dental fear. Dental phobia occurs when patients experience intense fear as they approach the dental office or enter the treatment room.

If you suffer from any level of dental stress, I encourage you to call my Wilkes-Barre area office to set up a consultation. With sedation dentistry, you can receive the dental care you need without stress, pain, or- in some cases- memory of the procedure after treatment is completed.

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