In order to look at what dental anxiety is let’s first of all look at anxiety in general. Anxiety is a normal physiological and psychological response to stimulus or a given situation. Everyone experiences anxiety at some time or another and to a certain degree it could be considered “normal”. After all, it’s the body’s built in “alarm system” to protect you when you’re faced with a real or perceived threat.
The body’s “fight or flight” switch is triggered flooding your body with certain hormones that allow you to take action in the face of danger. When anxiety becomes a chronic issue though it’s time to take action and find a solution to your problem… don’t you think?Do you want to learn more? Visit Source .
In some people genetics may play a role making them more vulnerable to anxiety. There can be biological reasons, influenced by several neurotransmitters to the brain. Some people experience phobic responses such as an irrational fear of going to the dentist or for others a genuine fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist reignites trauma from a past experience of visiting the Dentist or in some people can be related to childhood physical or sexual abuse.
The memory of traumas you’ve experienced throughout your life are stored in your cellular memory, in other words, each cell in your body remembers THAT trauma! No wonder you feel fear and anxiety at just the mere thought of going to the dentist, let alone sitting in the chair.
One common problem you may face if suffering from dental anxiety and probably the worst thing you can do is to put off or delay going to the Dentist. It’s a vicious cycle though, you know you ought to go, but it’s too scary, so you delay or put off going for months or even years and then you wake one night with a dreadful toothache. Before you know it, you’ve reluctantly booked in to get that tooth looked at, only to be told that you not only need that tooth seeing to but many others to boot! Life just doesn’t seem fair!
Commonly used treatments for dental anxiety are such things as distraction techniques, cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture. Perhaps of more frequent use though is oral or intravenous sedation to reduce the anxiety. The latter means that you need to have this treatment at every visit.
Most people that don’t have dental anxiety may wonder what all the fuss is about. Once anxiety levels begin to rise in your body though, you’re in “fight or flight mode” and the adrenaline starts to pump and there is no doubt in your mind the fear exists. This unfortunately, as someone with dental anxiety will testify tends to make you more sensitive to feeling pain which for many is the basis for having anxiety about visiting the Dentist in the first place. The more anxious you feel the more difficult treatment by the Dentist can be further increasing already high anxiety levels and no doubt anxiety levels in the dentist too.
-Racing pounding heart
-Feeling panic and dread
Tightness in the chest
However, even though you may feel like nobody understands what you’ve been experiencing, know that you are not alone, dental anxiety, fear, phobia whatever you want to call it, is very common indeed. The great news is that it isn’t impossible to get over, you can do something about it and it can be permanent, I’m one of many who have done just that.