Dental Phobia Treatment:
South Attleboro Dentist | James M. Phelan, DMD, MAGD | Exquisite Smiles
It is estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe. (1) We want you to know we are here for you. We want to treat you and prevent dental emergencies. We are kind, compassionate and caring practitioners who will move at your pace, never putting you in the dental chair until you are ready. Let us treat your dental fear or dental phobia today.
Causes of Dental Fear or Dental Phobia
Causes can be divided into direct and indirect experiences.
Direct experience is the most common way people develop dental fears stemming from a traumatic, difficult, and/or painful dental experience. Additionally, dentists who were considered “impersonal”, “uncaring”, “uninterested” or “cold” are found to result in high dental fear.
Indirect experience is less common but can be as troublesome. People can become fearful from vicarious learning experiences (hearing about others), from mass media, previous non dental traumatic experiences and from the feeling of lack of control (a dentist continues to treat even when you ask to stop).
Dental Phobia Treatment
Dr. Phelan upon a full review of your dental history can recommend a course of treatment. Treatments vary depending on your individual diagnosis. Contact Dr. Phelan today!
Source: (1) Kleinknecht RA, Thorndike RM, McGlynn FD, Harkavy J (January 1984). “Factor analysis of the dental fear survey with cross-validation”. J Am Dent Assoc 108 (1): 59–61. PMID 6582116.
Getka EJ, Glass CR (Summer 1992). “Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to the reduction of dental anxiety”. Behavior Therapy 23 (3): 433–48. doi:10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80168-6.
Milgrom P, Weinstein P, Getz T (1995). Treating Fearful Dental Patients: A Patient Management Handbook (2nd ed.). Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington, Continuing Dental Education. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0528.1996.tb00893.x. ISBN 1880291010.