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What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety affects countless individuals, and this problem can indirectly lead to poor dental health. A person with intense dental fear may avoid going to the dentist even for regular dental check-ups and may put off the appointment until the problem has considerably worsened. Dental anxiety can be managed by conscious sedation at the Dental Implant Group in London, and this nervous patient care option makes it possible for an anxious patient to have a comfortable treatment experience.

What causes dental anxiety? One of the reasons that patients avoid a trip to the dentist is the perception that every single dental visit will cause pain. This idea may be the result of previously uncomfortable experiences with dental treatments, or with the notion that dental treatments, in general, are painful. This is especially true for those who have a fear of needles, who dread the idea of having the anaesthetic before treatment. The smells and sounds in a dental clinic may also aggravate dental anxiety; there are those who feel intensely fearful of the sound that a dental drill makes.

Embarrassment is another cause of dental anxiety. Having poor dental health can make an individual highly self-conscious, for fear of being judged or admonished by the dentist. A strong gag reflex, as well as a fear of losing control when under the anaesthetic, can exacerbate a patient’s dental fear. Conscious sedation helps an anxious patient get the required dental treatment without the accompanying discomfort and fear.

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