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Dental Anxiety & Fear of Dentists Questions and Answers

If you have questions about dental anxiety and fear, we have answers and solutions at Best Dental Care! For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 3310 S. Southwest Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Swan TX, New Chapel Hill TX, Noonday TX, Wood Springs TX, Whitehouse TX and Flint TX.

Dental Anxiety & Fear of Dentists Questions and Answers
Dental Anxiety & Fear of Dentists Questions and Answers

While dental work is not typically a day at the beach, it should not be a cause of intense fear or anxiety. That said, many individuals detest or avoid the dentist altogether due to such fear or anxiety. At Best Dental Care, our dental professionals empathize with any patient who deals with dental anxiety and are committed to providing you with compassionate and expert service in ways that minimize your stress and anxiety at your appointment.

Why does the dentist give me anxiety?

There could be several reasons for why going to the dentist or even the mere mention of a dentist gives you anxiety. Dental anxiety is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. As such, it is okay for you to feel anxious about dentists; however, it is vital to find ways of managing or overcoming your fear for the sake of your dental health and overall well-being. Some possible reasons for why you feel anxiety from thinking about or seeing the dentist include the following:

  • Fear of loss of control
  • Previous traumatic experience in a dental or medical setting
  • Other traumatic experiences, such as abuse or car accident
  • Previous head or neck injury
  • Difficulty with trusting others
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias, such as agoraphobia, which is the fear of being in situations where you feel you cannot escape, or claustrophobia, which is the fear of closed spaces

How do I get over my fear of dentists?

While there is no silver bullet or fix-all solution to getting over a fear of dentists, there are ways to overcome, cope with, or work around your anxiety when it comes to dentists. However, these ways of coping or overcoming dental anxiety often vary from patient to patient. Some patients prefer listening to relaxing music during a dental appointment, while others respond best to aromatherapy, warm blankets, or noise-canceling headphones. If you would like to know how we can help you cope with and overcome your fear of dentists at Best Dental Care, please feel free to call us at a convenient time for you!

If you experience dental anxiety and require dental work, it is always best to clear and up-front with your dentist. Let them know your concerns and fears, including any previously traumatic dental or medical experiences that have caused your anxiety. They can provide options for you to receive dental care in a way that minimizes any anxiety triggers during the appointment.

How common is dental anxiety?

According to a study published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately one out of every three Americans experience dental anxiety, and one out of every eight Americans experience extreme or debilitating dental fear. Consequently, it is a common and concerning issue that our staff at Best Dental Care does not take lightly! We have many resources available to help you manage and overcome dental anxiety!

What is the phobia of dentists called?

While a phobia of dentists is usually referred to as dental anxiety or dental fear, the proper term to describe a phobia of dentists is actually dentophobia or odontophobia. 

If you are dealing with dental anxiety and fear and would like information on how to manage or overcome that fear, we would be happy to help at Best Dental Care! Please feel welcome to schedule an appointment with us through our website or by giving us a call at (903) 201-0862 during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday. You can find Best Dental Care at 3310 S Southwest Loop 323 in Tyler, Texas.