Approximately fifteen percent of the population in the United States suffers from dentist anxiety, also called dental phobia. It is not a made up phobia but as with other phobias, it is actually based on irrational fears but there are ways to overcome this phobia. For some, this phobia is debilitating. It can cause people to skip dental checkups or even not go to the dentist at all.
Causes of dentist anxiety
• Prior experience-if you have had a painful dental visit or you have gone with someone to the dentist that had a painful experience it could cause you to develop this phobia during future visits. The actual procedure was not painful but it could have been due to the insensitivity to your anxiety that aggravated it.
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or anxiety disorder-there are some that suffer from PTSD or general anxiety disorder and having dentist phobia is just one of their many fears they suffer from.
• Abusive history-if someone has a history of being a victim of emotional or sexual abuse they may associate similar fears with they are under the care of an authority figure, like the dentist. Even though
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