Why People Are Afraid To Go To The Dentist


dentistA survey shows that women are two times more afraid to go to the dentist than men. But then the dentist is a doctor which is most feared by people.

According to BBC News, this research survey found that 19 percent of women experience extreme anxiety when they are in a dentist’s waiting room, compared with men who are only 10 percent. The survey was conducted in England, Wales and Ireland, involving more than 11,300 people which were interviewed and 6,469 adults which were examined.

Besides that, it was also known that the number of people who experience tooth decay is greater than people who have normal tooth.

Ignoring dental care because of excessive anxiety can actually lead to bigger problems, and will make oral and dental care costs higher.

Apparently there are several causes why people are afraid to go to the dentist, which are:

1. Fear of the equipment used, such as drill, and others which usually hurt.
2. Had an unpleasant experience with a dentist because the dentist was not sympathetic, most people are afraid to go to the dentist because they had an experience with a doctor who is less friendly, and causes trauma.
3. Afraid of being injected, so it rises tension and physical pain.
4. Embarrassed to check their teeth because it looks dirty, have bad breath and other stuffs.
If ones fear of dentists is excessive, it can trigger a phobia, although until now there are no clear boundary between normal fears and phobias.

There are several symptoms that appear when a person has a phobia to a dentist, such as they can not sleep at night before going to the dentist, feeling nervous about the excessive time in the waiting room, wanting to cry when seeing a dentist or seing the equipment, panicking when the tools are placed in the mouth and suddenly becomes difficult to breathe.