People who suffer from dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.
Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be challenging, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on an airplane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.
A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of declining oral health.
Fear causes the person to abstain from dental checkups for years. When a minor dental problem (like a miniature cavity) proceeds until it reaches a nerve and causes pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.
At this point, the necessary treatment is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure 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 men and women. Are you one of them?
At Vanguard Dental Group, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their fear so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.
If you haven’t had a dental checkup in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can talk to Drs. Rothenberg and Moskowitz about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At Vanguard Dental Group, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to set up a consultation today.
Contact Vanguard Dental Group: 603-435-1482
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