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Do you have dental issues but are feeling too anxious to visit a dentist? You are not alone! According to research, around 50-80% of the US population is affected by dental anxiety.
Dr. David J. Dowsett at Complete Health Dentistry of Portland in Portland, Oregon, is experienced in dealing with patients with dental phobia and provides specialized advice and sedation options to tackle this issue. Read on to learn more about dental fear and what you can do to manage it.
Dental fear is characterized by excessive fear or dread of dental procedures, no matter how simple or complex they may be. It leads to procrastination and postponement of critical dental procedures that ultimately affect your dental health.
People with dental fear may show the following signs or symptoms:
Several reasons or experiences can lead to dental fear in individuals, such as:
Firstly, any past traumatic dental procedure can lead to fear of future procedures, a condition coined as ‘conditioning experience’ by dental experts. Many people are known to suffer from this type of fear and, many times, it is the result of bad childhood experiences.
Another common reason is the fear of injections such as for local anesthetic. Children of parents who showed dental fear symptoms often portray dental feal as well.
Did you know that dental fear can be inherited and is gender-linked? In a study, authors reported a genetic component in twins with dental fear and found that girls were more prone to this fear than boys.
People with behavioral traits such as neuroticism (anxiety, depression, hostility) and extraversion (pleasure and warmth seeking) are more susceptible to dental phobia.
Try these simple yet effective steps to overcome your dental fear:
To learn more about dental fear and how to overcome it, contact Complete Health Dentistry of Portland at (503) 253-1262 or 11765 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220.