Many people have dental phobia and anxiety around visiting the dentist. Both conditions might require someone to need the help of a dentist for nervous patients in London. However, a patient who has a phobia may be more likely to suffer from secondary problems due to extreme avoidance behaviour.
Both anxiety and phobias can be addressed by a dentist for nervous patients in London, like Care Dental Platinum. While both can be treated, there are some important differences between the two.
What’s the difference between dental phobia and dental anxiety?
About 36% of people who don’t visit the dentist regularly cite some level of fear of the dentist as the reason. Of those, only 12% would class themselves as having a phobia. Anxiety is defined as a general feeling of unspecified unrest. Phobias are persistent, debilitating and normally have a known focal point. In this case the latter would be the dentist or some aspect of dentistry.
People with anxiety may still visit the dentist but have a difficult time doing so. Phobic patients avoid the dentist entirely and may suffer from serious dental issues as a result.
How does dental phobia affect people’s lives?
If someone does not feel like they can surmount their fear in order to visit the dentist for nervous patients in London, they could potentially face all sorts of issues including:
- Poor oral hygiene – this might mean build up of plaque and tartar, cavities, bad breath or gum disease;
- Tooth pain and loss – lots of dental problems, like gum disease, can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Decay is best addressed in the early stages else there is no way to restore the teeth without extensive dental work;
- Reduced self-confidence – long term neglect can cause the teeth to become unsightly which can lower someone’s self-esteem;
- Obsessive oral hygiene – some people will go to the other extreme and practice compulsive dental hygiene in order to avoid having to go to the dentist. This can lead to tooth damage in the long term;
- Panic attacks or other distressing symptoms when either thinking about the dentist or attempting to visit the dentist – this could include sweating, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.