You missed another dental appointment. You had that date blocked for the regular dental check-up and yet, you opted not to see your dentist (again). Family and friends have told you that something needs to be done to deal with your dental anxiety. But how do you know if your fear of the dentist is a simple case of anxiety or a serious condition that of a dental phobia?
Although there is no clear boundaries that set dental anxiety from dental phobia and the two terms are used interchangeably, the conditions are not one and the same. In fact, the treatment for dental phobia is different from those suffering from dental anxiety.
Everyone has their own concerns and fears about dental treatments and each one have their own way of coping with it. However, if the mere thought of a dental treatment brings about terror in you, then you might need help sorting those fears out. How do you know if you’re suffering from dental phobia or not? Here are some of its telltale signs:
You feel extremely anxious the night before the scheduled appointment. Though you are not sure if you are undergoing a procedure, the thought of seeing your dentist puts a lot of tension on your end, making it difficult for you to sleep.
Your nervousness increases as you spend more time in the waiting area. It can be quite hard to relax and concentrate on the benefits of getting the dental treatment because the mere thought of it makes you feel extremely nervous.
When you feel like crying knowing that you will have to go to that dental appointment or else you are going to suffer from unwanted teeth and gum problems, you definitely need help. The sight of the dental chair, instruments and the clinic personnel wearing white increases your anxiety making you fear to be at the clinic at all.
You feel sick just thinking about the need to see your dentist immediately. When you become physically ill because it’s that time of the year again when you’re due for a dental visit, you definitely have dental phobia.
If you are suffering from any of the signs below, then you should seek help at once. Dental appointments are designed to help you prevent unwanted dental problems. If you skip one or continue missing out on all the rest, then there’s definitely a problem that needs to be addressed.