Thursday, July 24, 2014

Common Dental Related Fears

Some of the common dental related fear do patients experience in a dental clinic are:
1. Pain
2. Drills
3. Needles
4. Loss of teeth
5. Surgery
Most commonly dental related fears are learned directly from a traumatic experience in a dental or medical settings. The experience may be real of perceived ny patient as a treat, but a single event may lead to a lifetime of fear when any element of the traumatic situation is re-experienced. The situation may have occurred many years before, but the intensity of the recalled fear may persist.
Fears also may be learned indirectly as a vicarious experience from family members, friends or even media.
There are four elements that are common to all fears
1. Fear of unknown
2. Fear of physical harm or injury
3. Fear of loss of control
4. Fear of helplessness and dependency

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