Dental phobia treatment
Dental phobia, also called dental fear, refers to the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. Some people are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they avoid dental care at all costs. Many patients suffering from dental phobia will only seek dental care when they have a dental emergency.
Dental phobia countermeasures
Dental phobia is usually a vicious cycle, when a person doesn’t want to go to the dentist and only attends the dental clinic for a dental emergency; it is likely that the dental procedures will increase the phobia itself.
The fears triggered in this manner permanently affect the persons concerned. Many people suffering from this phobia are aware that they are endangering their oral health with their behavior, but most of them don’t understand they are also risking dangerous illnesses that can result from abscesses in the jaw bone and tissues.
When suppurating germs in upper jaw abscesses penetrate the brain through the base of the skull or spread out from the lower jaw via the throat tissues, they can cause life-threatening infections.
Treatments for dental fear generally include a combination of behavioral and pharmacological techniques. Specialized dental fear clinics use both psychologists and dentists to help people learn to manage and decrease their fear of dental treatment. The goal is to provide patients with the fear management skills necessary for them to receive regular dental care with a minimum of fear or anxiety.
Pharmacological techniques to manage dental fear range from mild sedation to general anesthesia. One common anxiety-reducing medication used in dental clinics is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which is inhaled through a mask on the nose and causes feelings of relaxation and dissociation. Under a general anesthetic, patients are more deeply sedated and unable to breathe on their own, as well as not being able to respond to verbal or physical prompts.
Behavioral treatments may include teaching patients’ relaxation techniques, as well as cognitive techniques, both of which have been shown to significantly reduce dental fear.
In any case, if you suffer from dental phobia, the best way to counter it is by telling your dentist. In propdental clinics they will make sure you have a pleasant time and your fear is reduced or even disappears.