What is a dental phobia?
'Phobia' have traditionally been defined as 'an irrational fear, serious situation, it causes people to fear objects or activities to avoid'.
Exposure to the feared would immediately triggered anxiety reaction under the stimulus of this reaction may take the form of panic attacks.
This phobia can cause a lot of pain, is not only oral health, thus influence other aspects of personal life.
Dental phobia patients spend a lot of time to think about their teeth or dentist, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental illness described dental phobia as a kind of 'excessive or unreasonable clear and constant fear', it argues that the people have realized that is excessive or unreasonable fear.
Recently, however, people realized that the word 'dental phobia' may be a misnomer.
The difference between anxiety, fear and panic anxiety, fear and phobias this three words are often used interchangeably;
However, there are obvious different.
Dental anxiety is a response to an unknown danger.
Anxiety is a very, very common, most people will experience some degree of dental anxiety, especially when they are going to do something never before experienced.
Basically, this is the fear of the unknown.
Dental fear is a response to the known risk (
'I know what I'm doing a dentist, been there, done that -
I'm afraid of!
, this involves battle away in the face of threats to stimulate or freeze response.
Dental fear and fear are basically the same, just more intense,
'I know what will happen when I go to the dentist -
If I can control it, I can't go back.
I'm afraid all sick ')
Similarly, combat -
Run away or freeze response occur in only think of or be reminded to threat.
People with dental phobia can avoid dental care at all costs, until the physical problem or psychological burden becomes unbearable.
What is the most common causes of dental phobia?
Bad experience: phobia is usually bad teeth, or in some cases is highly traumatic experience caused by teeth (
Studies show that about 80%
85% of dental phobia, but is difficult to get a representative sample)
This includes not only painful dental clinic, including psychological factors, such as by a dentist.
The dentist's behavior: people often think, even in the dental professionals, is the fear of the pain to stop the people go to the dentist.
But even if the pain is the most concern, a person problem also is not necessarily the pain itself.
Otherwise, dental phobia patients even when a toothache will not avoid the dentist.
More precisely, is controlled by a thought to cold and desire strong the pain caused by the dentist has a huge impact on psychology.
Is thought to care patients, equal treatment to the patient's pain caused by the dentist is unlikely to lead to psychological trauma.
Said many people with dental phobia, once they sat on the dental chair, they can't control 'done' to them.
Fear of humiliation and embarrassment: dental phobia for other reasons including dental or medical corpsman not sensitive, humiliating remarks.
In fact, is not sensitive to comments and they caused strong sense of shame is one of the main factors that cause or contribute to dental phobia.
Human beings are social animals, negative social evaluation can make most people feel uneasy, in addition to the sassiest of individuals.
If you are sensitive, negative feedback will let you collapse.
History of abuse: dental phobia in people who have suffered sexual abuse is common, especially in childhood.
Has a history of bullying, or had been in power in the physical or emotional abuse, may also cause the teeth to phobia, especially combined with the dentist bad experiences.
Alternative learning: another reason is that observational learning.
If a parent or caregiver who is afraid of the dentist, the children may be aware of this, and learn to fear, even if there is no bad experience.
In addition, hear others pain to go to the dentist horror stories also can produce a similar effect.
Preparation: dental phobia of certain subtypes can be defined as in the traditional sense of the 'irrational'.
People may be born 'to' learning some phobias, such as needle phobia.
For millions of years, who quickly learned to avoid snakes, heights and lightning may have a good chance to survive and spread their genes.
Therefore, may not need special painful experience needles to develop into a kind of phobia.
Posttraumatic stress disorder: research has shown that had terrible teeth experience people will appear the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder patients usually report.
It is characterized by invasive thinking about bad experiences, as well as to the dentist or dental nightmare.
The last reason is very important.
Most people with dental phobia have disgusting, even extremely painful dental experience.
They don't think they are the symptoms of 'excessive' or 'unreasonable', in this sense are similar to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Indeed, fear of congenital teeth, such as the sight of the blood or syringe will generate the fear of 'irrational', may make up only a small part of the case.