Common Dental Related Fears

Some of the common dental related fear do patients experience in a dental clinic are:

  • Pain
  • Drills
  • Needles
  • Loss of teeth
  • 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 by 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

  • Fear of unknown
  • Fear of physical harm or injury
  • Fear of loss of control
  • Fear of helplessness and dependency

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