Dentophobia: The Fear of Dentists
Not many people jump for joy at the thought of an intense session of plaque removal. And between 9-20% of Americans say they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
Full-blown dental phobia is a more serious condition in which a person avoids the dentist at all costs. People suffering from the phobia usually only show up at the dentist when forced by excruciating pain.
Various factors can keep someone from the dental chair, including a bad experience in the past, fear of injections (scientifically called trypanophobia), and feelings of helplessness (think dental chair and drill in mouth).
How to get to the dentist before you have a mouth full of rotting teeth? Realize a dentist can work with you to make you more comfortable during cleaning and other procedures.