Dental Anxiety is described as a fear of the dentist and the general dental setting that results in avoiding dental treatment. Extreme fears of dental drills and needles can lead to developing an extreme dental phobia. This can be made worse if you already suffer general anxiety and depression.
A sign of dental anxiety is sweating, racing heartrate, palpitations, feeling faint, crying or having panic attacks. Even if dental treatment is simple you may have such a fear that you constantly move or cancel your appointments.
It is usually a past traumatic dental experience that leads to dental fear, anxiety and phobia. But is may also be another general healthcare experience, a traumatic life experience affecting your trust and control, or an obsessive compulsive disorder.
Dental anxiety can affect children and adults and can last a lifetime.
Regular dental checks, cleans and screening X-rays can help detect dental problems early. This means that simple, less invasive treatments like small fillings and minor dental cleaning, are more likely to fix the dental problem.
Avoiding the dentist due to anxiety and fear can result in dental disease becoming more complex to solve, more invasive and more expensive, like root canal treatments and extractions. This exacerbates the fear of the dentist as you associate it with stressful situations rather than simple routine dental visits.
Looking after your oral health is as important as your general health. The lifestyle factors that lead to dental disease are also linked to systemic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
It is important to choose a dentist who recognises your fear and is sympathetic to your situation.
“ Here at our Spring Hill Dentist, we work hard to help you manage your fear and feel comfortable and relaxed, we have a number of ways to help you do this at our dental practice” Dr Barbara Szylkarski
We would love to help you conquer your fear of the dentist, you can book online at our Spring Hill Dentist in Brisbane and have a chat with us about how we can help make your visit relaxing and enjoyable. Or have a read about our difference with Dr Barbara at our Spring Hill Dental Practice.