Fear of the Dentists


We’re sure that if you bumped into our dentists while strolling along , you wouldn’t be afraid or terrified one bit. They are friendly people who love a laugh, but the moment they put on their gloves and a mask, they suddenly become fearsome to dental phobic.  But why are phobic afraid of the dentist? The Seminole Dental  in Texas City is conveniently located near MS Doss City Park and Seminole Hospital District is a low cost dental office by me.

The 5 most common reasons include:

Bad Childhood Experience

Most dental phobic people develop their anxiety in early childhood, usually dating from an unpleasant episode with a dentist. Perhaps they were treated roughly, or perhaps treated with little care to the pain they felt. Some of the dentists have their own horror stories from childhood, and that’s why they became dentists – so others didn’t share their experiences!

Serious Treatment Due to Neglect

Some people with dental phobia may be afraid to visit the dentist because they think sharp instruments, and drilling of the tooth, are essential components of any visit to the dentist. So, because of this, they will avoid visiting the dentist at all.

Unfortunately, prolonged neglect of your oral health may increase the risk of serious gum infections and cavities, so when a phobic person finally makes it to the dentist’s chair, some serious treatment will be required, which may further upset them. As a result, these individuals will avoid the dentist again in the future.

Feelings of Helplessness

There are also patients, especially those suffering from PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, who feel vulnerable the moment they sit or lie back on the dentist chairs. They dread not knowing what is happening around them during treatment and not having full control of the situation makes them feel exposed, defenseless and helpless.

Anxiety Disorder

Dental phobia may also be caused by an anxiety disorder that is non-dental related. Feeling anxious about not knowing what to expect at the dental clinic or whether they have cavities and infections may lead to patients having negative thoughts and feeling nervous. They may also feel that it is probably better to be unaware of their oral health condition rather than knowing what’s wrong.

Embarrassment & Lectures

Embarrassment is probably the most common concern voiced by our patients. Some patients are so ashamed with the state of their teeth that they avoid the dental visits all together. They are also worried about being judged, maybe even berated, by a lecturing and hectoring dentist. Dentists like this are very rare in modern dentistry.

Call us at (979) 985-5505 or visit www.bryandentaltx.com to schedule your appointment.

Find us at:

3203 Freedom Blvd,
Suite 400 Bryan,
TX 77802.


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