What is Dental Phobia?

Prevalence and Causes

Dental phobia is the serious, often paralyzing, fear of dental care and is not as uncommon as many people think. An estimated 9-15% of all Americans avoid much-needed care because of dental anxiety and fear. This means 30-40 million Americans are so afraid of dental treatment that they avoid it altogether.

Avoiding the dentist because of fear can have serious ramifications in terms of your dental health and overall well-being. Today, with advanced treatment techniques and a dentist trained to help you overcome your dental phobia, you can feel comfortable restoring your dental and oral health.

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Without regular dental care, you are at higher risk for disease and discomfort:

  • Chronically infected gums and teeth can lead to unnecessary tooth loss and can affect your overall health.
  • Poor gums and bone loss can affect your ability to chew and digest.
  • Unhealthy gums and teeth can affect your speech.
  • Insecurity about your breath and smile can undermine your self-confidence.

All of these can lead to poor nutrition, the inability to enjoy eating, discomfort, embarrassment about your appearance, and serious limitations in your social and professional life. We can help you conquer your fear of dental procedures and restore your dental health as well as your smile and self-confidence.

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