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 challenging, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane 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 steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental problem (like a miniature cavity) advances until it contacts a nerve and causes pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the needed treatment is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment 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 prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four men and women. Are you one of them?
At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we want to help nervous patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can withstand twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.
If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can communicate with Dr. Montz 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. We have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation today.
Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120
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