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Fear of the dentist!

Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist, according to the Oral Health Foundation

  • 12% of these suffers from an extreme dental anxiety.
  • Women are more likely to suffer from extreme dental anxiety than men.
  • Visiting the Dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, even more popular than heights (19%).

How to identify whether you are one of those people who systematically experience this type of anxiety?

A simple way to discover this , is by asking the following questions:

  • Have you avoided dental and/or oral medical treatment because of your fear?
  • Have you carried on far longer with pain in your tooth or an infection because of your fear of attending the dentist?
  • Do you have an overwhelming fear when you think about attending an appointment at the dentist?
  • If you hear a dental drill sound, does this cause you a very high level of anxiety?
  • Have you had this fear for some time, following a difficult experience in childhood with the dentist?

If  you replied YES to the most of the questions, then you are affected by dental phobia.

Facts about dental fears

  • Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist.
  • 12% of these suffers from an extreme dental anxiety.
  • Women are more likely to suffer from extreme dental anxiety than men.
  • Visiting the Dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, even more popular than heights (19%).

If you are aware of having a dental phobia but unable to overcome it on your own, do not hesitate to reach out for dental phobia certified professionals in your area, who will be able to help you.

You can also request an information on the NHS sedation clinics in your local area.

Whatever option you choose, it should make you feel comfortable and at ease during your regular dental check up.