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Dental phobia for phobics, Anxiety Free Dentistry

Posted Sep 11 2008 8:00pm

Dental phobia or the fear of seeking dental care is a widespread phenomenon. Even if the predominant part of the population regularly sees a dentist, between five and ten per cent suffer from such a strong fear of the dental office, that they only attend when the pain becomes too much to bear. This pronounced form of anxiety is known as dentophobia or dental phobia. Symptoms observed during dental treatment are tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), trembling, excessive sweating, choking, nausea, dropping blood pressure, to the point of circulatory collapse.
It may only be a small minority who suffer from this extreme form of anxiety. Nonetheless, according to surveys, almost 70% of the total population report having a distinctive fear of the dental office. The source of this fear often lies in traumatic childhood experiences, poor role models, and the spine-chilling narrations of those close to us (often our own parents), as well as generalized phobias or psychosis.
How can advanced help these people? Utilizing advanced technology such as Wand Anesthesia, nitrous oxide gas, low-radiation digital x-rays, and sedation medicine, phobic patients can be given an anxiety free appointment!

Dr. Gibbs serves the communities of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol Stream, Naperville, and Lisle. Addison, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, West Chicago, Bloomingdale, Schaumberg, Wood Dale, Westmont, Winfield, Villa Park, and the Chicago area. See the website at FearlessDentalCare.com

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