People that are plagued with 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 difficult, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a jet 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 worsening oral health.
Fear causes the person to abstain from dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a small cavity) progresses until it contacts a nerve and creates pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the necessary therapy is an involved procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The service reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some men and women end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.
Experts believe that the rate of dental phobia may be as high as one in four people. Are you one of them?
At The Parkway Dentist, we want to help apprehensive patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can tolerate twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.
If you haven’t had a dental exam in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can talk to Dr. Cook 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 The Parkway Dentist, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation today.
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