People that experience dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.
Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.
A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of declining oral health.
Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental problem (like a tiny cavity) advances until it contacts a nerve and causes pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the necessary therapy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The process reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some individuals end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.
Experts believe that the frequency of dental phobia may be as high as one in four people. Are you one of them?
At Expressions Dental Care, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their apprehension so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.
If you haven’t had a dental evaluation in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can communicate with Dr. Han about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).
If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Expressions Dental Care, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation today.
Contact Expressions Dental Care: 703-539-5008
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