Dental Problems

What is Odontophobia

OdontophobiaOdontophobia is the technical name for the fear people have with visiting a dentist. It is recognised by World Health Organisation as a real disease. According to its studies on this topic, 15-20 percent of people all around the world have this dental problem. In United States, 75% of adults have mild to severe forms of dental fear (Odontophobia). However, only 5-10 percent of them need specific treatment. This article tries to gain further insight in to this topic.

Reasons for Odontophobia:

  • The dentist operates in the mouth. It is a private and difficult area for many to open.
  • The shape and method of the surgical instruments used by the dentist also cause fear.
  • For example the long syringe used to cause local unconsciousness and the hammers and drilling machines used raise panic in the hearts of patients suffering from this disease.
  • Statistics show that the extractions taken out of teeth in a painful manner during their earlier visit to the dentist, frighten people a lot.
  • These people avoid visiting to dentist because of their cold, insensitive behavior and unprofessional approach pf treatment too.
  • This factor further contributes in hating and fearing the experience of dental treatment.
  • Patients fight with the dental problem by taking antibiotics and pain killers.
  • This step do not cure their actual problem and unnecessarily raise the level of seriousness of the dental problem to emergency.
  • This fear is common among women and is reported to be high in young people than the old.

How to fight Odontophobia:

  • Research shows that online communities are very helpful in reducing dental fear by sharing large amount of dental experiences.
  • Dental treatment requires active cooperation from the patient amidst his fear.
  • Chemicals like sedatives are used by the dentist to keep the patient in his senses and calm him down and make him feel better.
  • Patience, Positive behavior and Empathy go a long way in reducing this psychological fear and raise the confidence level of the patient.

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