Dental anxiety

Dental anxiety refers to feelings of fear, worry, or stress related to dental appointments. This can lead to people avoiding or postponing dental care for many years. Certain aspects of dentistry, such as needles, drills, or the overall environment, can trigger these feelings. If the anxiety is extreme and causes an irrational fear of dentistry, it may be considered a dental phobia.

Studies suggest that anywhere from 9% to 20% of the general population experiences some level of dental anxiety. The prevalence of dental anxiety can be higher in certain groups, such as children, older adults, and people with a history of traumatic dental experiences.


Dental anxiety and dental phobia are related, but they have distinct differences.

Dental anxiety is a more common experience and refers to feelings of fear, worry, or stress that people may experience when faced with a dental appointment or procedure. These feelings can range from mild to moderate, and can interfere with a person's ability to receive necessary dental care.

Dental phobia, on the other hand, is a more severe form of dental anxiety that is characterised by an irrational and intense fear of dentistry. People with dental phobia experience a level of anxiety that is disproportionate to the situation and can significantly impact their daily lives, including their ability to receive dental care. People with dental phobia often avoid dental appointments altogether, which can lead to further oral health problems.

If you're experiencing dental anxiety or dental phobia, there are several steps you can take to manage it:

Remember that dental anxiety is a common experience, and there are many effective ways to manage it. Feel free to ask for help, and start taking care of your dental health.

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