Causes of Dental Phobia (and What You Can Do If You Have It)

Dentist TOWN

According to recent research on the subject, there are many causes of dental phobia out there today. While it can appear in many different ways, which can make it difficult to manage, there are ways you can make your future dental appointments easier to complete. After recognizing the symptoms, it’s much easier to find solutions for anxiety, nervousness, or fear, including with sedation dentistry from a dentist. Keep reading to learn which sedation could best suit your needs!

 

The Most Common Causes of Dental Phobia

Also known as dental anxiety, dental phobia is considered to be complex because it’s not always so easy to tell what caused it to develop in the first place. Over the years, researchers have determined that there are many reasons why people tend to feel nervous during or even ahead of their dental appointment, even if it’s only to complete something as simple as an exam and cleaning.

The most common causes include the following:

  • Traumatic experience with a previous dentist or other healthcare provider
  • Previous trauma to the mouth, head, or neck (including general abuse)
  • Generalized anxiety, depression, or PTSD
  • The belief that the mouth is a personal space that should never be accessed anyone else
  • Fear of loss of control or trust issues
  • Other phobias or conditions that make dentistry difficult to complete, including agoraphobia (fear of situations where you are unable to escape), claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces) or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Are You Suffering from Dental Phobia?

While most people generally know whether they can make visits to the dentist or not, it’s not always so clear for some. In this instance, it helps to confirm symptoms ahead of time so they can be discussed with a dentist before the appointment. Common symptoms for dental phobia, especially immediately before a dental appointment, include:

  • Sweating
  • Racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Visible distress, such as crying or signs of panic
  • Coping mechanisms to mask anxiety, such as humor or aggression

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help

The good news is there are many ways in which a dentist can provide relief, even to those with severe levels of anxiety. Sedation dentistry is designed to not only help you feel calm throughout your appointment, but in some cases help you forget most memory of the appointment itself. They typically come in different strengths depending on the level of nervousness or anxiety you’re feeling.

  • Nitrous oxide – the most mild form of sedation, nitrous oxide is a gas-based sedative administered through a nasal mask.
  • Oral conscious sedation – taken in pill form and intended for moderate dental phobia
  • IV sedation – taken intravenously (directly into the bloodstream), making it fast-acting and the most powerful form of sedation dentistry available

During a dedicated consultation with the dentist, you can find out which form of sedation can best suit you (or a family member’s) needs. Schedule an appointment with a sedation dentist today to take control for your dental phobia and protect your smile for life!

About the Author

Dr. Kboudi has been a practicing dentist for over two decades, and since then, he’s helped hundreds of patients ease their dental anxiety or phobia using safe and proven sedation techniques. This includes nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. To schedule an appointment with his office, you can contact him through his website.

Featured Dental Treatments

How Can We Help You?

Emergency Dentist Beverly Hills CA

Every patient is unique, and so are their smiles. Whatever goals you have in mind for your dental future, we’re ready to tackle them head-on! Our dental office near Century City has plenty to offer, from seamlessly lifelike tooth replacement to stunning cosmetic improvements to fast emergency care – and plenty of options that fall somewhere in-between. Better yet, we make sure every step of the process is smooth and stress-free.


Dental
Implants

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with sparkles indicating cosmetic dentistry

Porcelain
Veneers

Animated arrow


Animated tooth on a shield indicating preventive dentistry

Dental Checkups
& Cleanings

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with dental crown indicating restorative dentistry

Dental Crowns
& Bridges

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with dental crown indicating restorative dentistry

Dental Crowns
& Bridges

Animated arrow

We’re Here for You!

Location

Emergency Dentist Beverly Hills CA
8641 Wilshire Blvd # 205
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 561-1747

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Dental News in Beverly Hills

Emergency Dentist Beverly Hills CA

What Does Your Dental Insurance Cover?

What Does Your Dental Insurance Cover?

Dental insurance benefits usually expire at the end of the calendar year. When December rolls around, you may be wondering...
Read More
What Services Does Cosmetic Dentistry Include?

What Services Does Cosmetic Dentistry Include?

Have you ever smiled in the mirror and wished you could change the way your teeth look? You can with...
Read More
For a Dental Emergency, Should You Visit an ER?

For a Dental Emergency, Should You Visit an ER?

If you’re dealing with a sudden medical issue, your first thought may be to visit the local ER. After all,...
Read More