Honestly, who’s not afraid of the dentist? Maybe, there are quite a lot; but only to a very insignificant level, except for those who suffer from Dental Phobia. There are many people that suffer from dental phobia than you would imagine it possible. There are two types of dental phobia or “scared rabbit”.
They are: (i) Afraid of the dentist, but still they go out when absolutely necessary. (ii) The fear of the dentist is so bad, that they can never go to a dentist.The first group somehow overcomes their fear to some extent as to dare to go to the dentist. They and their teeth benefit as a result. However, the fear of the second group towards dentists is so intense, that they can never overcome their fear to go to a dentist. So they take various types of medicines they think will be a remedy for their tooth problem without consulting a dentist and very often end up by making their problem worse. Such types are classic examples of people suffering from dental phobia. Very few people in our society are aware that there is such a disease or a psychological phenomenon as dental phobia. Here are a few characteristics of such people, from which you may be able to recognize those who are victims of this unfortunate phobia:
- Fear of the syringe
- Fear of the drill or the noise it makes
- Fear to relate personal and intimate problems to others; especially to strangers
- A sense of shame to show one’s teeth to a dentist because of their very bad condition
- Lack of trust in the dentist