Dental phobia is defined as an unpleasant mental, emotional, or physiologic sensation derived from a specific dental related stimulus.
Fear of the dentist is a common phenomenon and is universally recognized.
REASONS FOR DENTAL FEAR:
No differences among socioeconomic groups or racial / ethnic groups have been demonstrated.
Females are more fearful than males.
- Previous bad experience
- Heard of bad experiences from family or friends.
- History of abuse
- Uncaring dentist
- Post -traumatic stress
HOW TO OVERCOME:
- The expression and intensity of child's fear varies with emotions, illness and age.
- Sleepy child shows more fear and irritation than widely awake child.
- Physically healthy child respond more actively than child who is week.
- Mentally alert child respond more intelligently and rapidly than mentally retarded individual.
- Right time to introduce child to dentistry.
- Less afraid of new people and surroundings.
- Appropriate time to begin any preventive procedures.
- Fear of separation and abandonment prevails in this age group.
- They think and feel that dentistry is a mode of punishment.
- It is advised to allow parents in the operatory during dental treatment
- The peak of definite fears is reached
- There is gradual decline in the earliest fears, due to
- Realization that there is nothing to fear
- Adult guidance
- Child tries to resolve real fears.
- Family support is important in understanding and overcoming his fears
- Learns to tolerate unpleasant situation and has marked desire to be obedient.
- Become concerned about their appearance
- Dentist as motivation for seeking dental attention can use this interest in cosmetic effect.
- Difficulty in sleeping and bad dreams
- Loss of appetite
- Avoidance of tension producing stimulation
- Conscious sedation
- Deep sedation
- General anesthesia
- You should discuss your fears with your dentist therefore, he/she will determine the best ways to prevent your uneasiness and feel more comfortable.
- If the dentist doesn't handle your fear seriously, you should go to another dentist.
- You should actively participate with your dentist, explaining all the possible outcome on every sage of the procedure therefore, you will avoid nervousness or fear . because you will be much prepared for the results.
- Dentist frequently ask the patient for permission to continue.
- Dentist give the opportunity to the patient to stop the procedure at any time the patient feels uncomfortable ( if for an reason they need to stop, raise your left hand)
- Dentist make time for breaks as requested.