11:39 am - Sunday February 24, 2019

Dentophobia: Fear of Dentists


What is Dentophobia?

Dentophobia is exaggerated and unwarranted fear of dental care, namely dentists. This Dentophobia - Fear of dentistsphobia is also known by the name of odontophobia and dental fear.

Some people suffer from dentophobia to such an extremity that simply seeing a dental surgery photo or image can cause distress.

Dentophobia Causes for You

A traumatic experience at the dentist’s office can leave a child with a frightening experience that can become a root cause of the phobia.

Some people only give visit to their dentist when they have dental emergencies. These require drills to be used which can instill more dental fear.

Moreover, the sound of drills can be very discomforting for some and can add to the already traumatic experience.

People also circulate exaggerated dental fear stories that can further increase or breed the phobia.

In some people dentophobia causes can include disease such as tooth decay.

Dentophobia Symptoms in Brief

The closer you are to what you are afraid of, greater will be the fear. A phobic creates as strong reaction just by thinking about the procedure in a negative anticipatory imagined manner.

Here is a list of Dentophobia Symptoms:

  • Discomfort
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling unsteady
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shaking
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling
  • Feeling of choking
  • Numbness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Lightheadedness

In some cases, the anxiety and fear associated with the object of fear (dentist or dental care) can develop into a panic attack.

Get Dentophobia Treatment

Talking to your dentist about your fears is one of the most simple & straight forward steps you can take to treat your dentophobia.

An honest communication about your fears with your dentist can go a long way in curing your phobia.

Alternatively, you can talk to a psychotherapist about the various therapy options. This is a healthy step in the right direction.

Medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy can also help in controlling your fear for dental procedures or dentists.

Ultimately, the goal of every dentophobia treatment is to get you to see a dentist without any fear or anxiety.

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  4. Cynophobia: Fear of Dogs
  5. Achluophobia: Fear of Darkness

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