Dental phobia, called odontophobia, is a serious, often paralyzing fear of seeking dental care. It has been reliably reported that 50% of the population does not seek regular dental care1. An estimated 9 to 15% of all Americans avoid much needed care due to anxiety and fear surrounding the dental experience1. This translates to some 30 to 40 million people so afraid of dental treatment that they avoid it altogether.1
Unfortunately, because of dental phobia, many people avoid seeing the dentist when they could have prevented serious or life-threatening situations.
Many reasons to fear the dentist are no longer an issue because of advances in technology and science. For example, Dr. McVey provides sedation to eliminate almost the entire list of fears by itself. Advancements in tools such as using lasers create a much less intimidating dental experience.
If you experience symptoms of dental fear, the best solution is to talk to us. Be open and honest about your fears and let us support you. It is our goal to make you feel comfortable and deliver the safe and complete care you deserve.
1 – Odontophobia And The Cycle Of Avoidance: A Review –
2 – The Top 7 Reasons We Avoid the Dentist – https://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/the-top-reasons-we-avoid-the-dentist.aspx