People who suffer from dental phobia may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we have a solution.
Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator.
A person with dental phobia or dental anxiety may skip the dentist outright, becoming at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.
Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a little cavity) proceeds until it contacts a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the required therapy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.
Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?
At Harris Dental, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can undergo twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.
If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Harris Dental, we have successfully treated many patients just like you with sedation dentistry. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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