Dental anxiety and phobia are conditions that affect nearly 40 million people in the United States. While often used interchangeably, dental phobia is more severe and can prevent people from visiting the dentist altogether, even when they are in great need of care. For these patients, the fear of visiting the dentist is more debilitating than the pain they are experiencing.
People with dental anxiety and phobia struggle with fears related to the dentist, such as the instruments and needles used, the smell of the office, and the potential pain they may experience. Fears are often the result of a past traumatic experience. We encourage parents to be careful when discussing their dental experiences in front of their children, as dental anxiety can develop at a young age and affect children long into their adult years.
Dental anxiety and phobia are conditions that affect nearly 40 million people in the United States.