Dental anxiety refers to the fear or stress caused by the dental environment. Fear of visiting the dentist may result in delay or even avoiding treatment. Dental tools like drills, needles, or even the dental setting can create dental anxiety.
If the anxiety of a dentist is severe and results in irrational fear and refusing to visit dental appointments, this is categorized as dental fear.
Certain mental health issues, such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, history of neck or head trauma, and other illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, can increase the chance of someone suffering from dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety is caused by:
Patients suffering from dental anxiety might be afflicted by:
Refraining from visiting the dentist could worsen dental problems, increasing the need for emergency or more complicated treatment.
Regular dental checks, cleanings, and X-rays for the teeth can stop the development of dental disease and assist the dentist in identifying any issues early. At routine visits, dentists will also be looking for any signs of oral cancer that are particularly crucial for people with a history of oral cancer, those who use tobacco or drink alcohol regularly, and ones who do both.
The causes of lifestyle that lead to dental problems contribute to obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and certain cancers. Therefore, make sure you take proper care of your dental health and general well-being, clean your teeth twice every day, and floss at least once a day.
It is essential to inform your dentist about your dental anxiety. Discussing various factors that cause stress can help your dentist develop a treatment strategy specifically for you.
A few psychological strategies include:
Severe dental anxiety or phobia requires medical intervention using some form of analgesia (happy gas) or anxiety-reducing medication and conscious sedation (twilight sedation) or general anesthesia. We ideally recommend nitrous oxide for minor cases of dental phobia as it is non-invasive, mild, and helps to calm the patients' nerves.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call Dentist in Anaheim Hills at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.
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