Show of hands - Who likes going to the dentist? There are some people that really do like going to the dentist, though the majority of people find it challenging. Surveys have shown that 45% of patients report having moderate dental fear, and between 10% and 20% of adults in the United States avoid seeking regular dental treatment due to extreme dental fear.
The problems associated with dental anxiety and fear have an impact not only on the oral health and treatment of a large percentage of the population, they can also greatly impact the dental clinician’s ability to adequately treat their patients.
Fear, Anxiety, or Phobia?
Dental anxiety, fear, and phobia are all related terms, yet they are distinct experiences. Dental fear is described as ...