Dental Phobias

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Sedation Dentistry

Dental PhobiasMany people feel slightly uncomfortable about seeing a dentist, but their discomfort doesn’t keep them from their appointments every six months. But what if the mere mention of seeing a dentist causes you to have a panic attack? If you feel an intense fear when the topic of dentistry comes up in conversation, or if you are in constant pain because you’ve been putting off a necessary dental procedure, you may have a dental phobia.

What is dental phobia?

Dental phobia is marked by an extreme fear of dental care. Patients who suffer from dental phobia will avoid seeing a dentist even for non-invasive care such as checkups and cleanings. This avoidance of preventive care will often lead to serious problems that require invasive procedures to correct. Having to undergo extensive treatments only reinforces the patient’s fear of seeing a dentist.

What are the symptoms of dental phobia?

Dental phobia manifests itself in many of the same ways as any anxiety condition. You may be unable to sleep the night before your appointment. You may become physically ill, cry, or tremble. You may gag or feel as if you cannot breathe when the dentist places an instrument in your mouth.

What are the causes of dental phobia?

Many dental phobias stem from traumatic childhood experiences. You may have carried memories of a bad childhood dental procedure with you into adulthood. Other causes include a fear of pain, fear of losing control, and fear of embarrassment.

What are the treatments for dental phobia?

Good communication with your dentist is a key factor in relieving the extreme anxiety of dental phobia. Dr. Moiceanu will answer any questions you have about your procedure and treat you with the utmost dignity and compassion. Many patients have found relief through counseling or relaxation techniques, but Dr. Moiceanu can offer you something that is fast, safe, and effective at eliminating your anxiety. Oral sedation consists of taking an orally-administered sedative before your dental procedure. This medication will not put you to sleep, but it will relax you so deeply that you will likely not even remember what happened when the procedure is over.

Oral  sedation is the safest and easiest way for patients with dental phobia to receive the care they need. If you’ve been putting of a procedure because of your fears, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.


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