Dental phobia is sometimes, confused with dental anxiety. With dental anxiety the person often feels increased anxiety during basic dental procedures. A person with dental phobia can often overwhelmed by an irrational fear of visiting the dentist. This can lead them to forgo regular checkups and procedures, which can lead to serious problems.
Individuals that suffer from dental phobia are at a greater risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing cannot completely prevent tartar buildup. In the long term, tartar buildup increases your chances of developing gum disease. This can cause the gums to receded from the base of the teeth creating pockets of infection deep in the gums and can even cause tooth loss.
Keep in mind that dental phobia is a recognized psychological disorder with many different treatment options available. Dental professionals are highly trained to be able to provide you with the highest quality of care in a comfortable setting.
If you have questions about dental phobia, you would like to explore your treatment options or you would like to schedule your next checkup, please call our office at 805-483-9567 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health for many years to come.