What is Odontophobia
Odontophobia 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.