What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety, fear of the dentist, or dental phobia is the feeling of dread, nervousness, or a genuine fear of getting dental work done. In many instances, dental anxiety stems from one or more painful and/or uncomfortable experiences at the dentist. Severe dental anxiety or dental phobia can result in irrational fear and cause complete avoidance of visiting the dentist.
Some people might also avoid visiting the dentist because they find sitting for long periods uncomfortable, they have oversensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex or a fear of needles or loud noises.