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What is dental anxiety, and how does it start?

Going to the dentist can be scary sometimes, but for some patients, the mere thought of a dental exam is enough to cause a panic attack. Dental anxiety is a condition that afflicts somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of Americans, so if you get anxious at the dentist’s office, you’re most certainly not alone. This condition can present as either a general sense of unease at the dentist’s office or a paralyzing fear of any kind of dentistry – and for a lot of patients, it can be a major barrier that stops them from getting a much-needed treatment. How does dental anxiety start, and how can your Tucson dentist help you manage it? Here’s what you need to know.

Dental Anxiety vs Dental Phobia: Similar, But Different

Dental anxiety is an unpleasant experience, but it’s distinctly different from dental phobia. Patients with dental anxiety will feel somewhat uneasy about appointments and may have dental concerns that are either exaggerated or completely baseless. Dental phobia, in contrast, is characterized by an intense and unshakeable fear of the dentist and dental procedures. People with dental phobia aren’t just a little nervous about seeing the dentist. They’re utterly terrified.

People can experience varying intensities of dental anxiety and dental phobia. At the milder end of the spectrum, patients may feel knots in their stomach when sitting in the dentist’s chair. Other patients will force themselves to see a dentist, but won’t get any sleep the night before the appointment. In severe cases of extreme dental phobia, the patient may forego seeing a dentist for several years.

Potential Causes of Clinical Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can be the result of several causes. One of the most common causes among adults is a fear of pain. If you’re 24 years old or older, you most likely started seeing the dentist before modern pain management techniques were invented. Your early memories of dentist visits likely involve pain, and you want to avoid pain in the future – so you put off going to the dentist.

Other patients may suffer dental anxiety stemming from feelings of helplessness or embarrassment. During a dental appointment, you can’t see what’s happening and can’t control the procedure – and that’s scary. Some patients may be self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth, and having a dentist examine them is embarrassing.

No matter why you feel anxious, the important thing to note about dental phobia is that it is, by definition, irrational. Even if you had a negative experience with a dentist in the past, that’s not a good reason to think that every appointment with every dentist is going to be a poor experience.

How a Tucson Dentist Can Help You Manage Your Dental Anxiety

No matter how your dental anxiety developed, it’s important that you seek treatment for it. Patients with dental anxiety tend to have more severe oral health problems than other patients, and it’s primarily because they delay regular cleanings and check-ups. Thankfully, there are lots of great treatment and management options available for dental anxiety.

Here at Badie Dental, we can consult with you to determine your exact fears and concerns, and then address them. Dr. Badie and the team at Badie Dental have mastered the art of pain-free dentistry, and can provide you with sedation dentistry to make the experience a relaxing one. To learn more about our treatment options for anxious patients, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Badie, call us today at (520) 325-3022.

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Sharp Barnes
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1 year ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
1 year ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
Jennifer Perkins
5/5
2 years ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
2 years ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!
Irene Meza
5/5
2 years ago
I can’t say enough about Dr. Badie and his team. Samantha is the first person to see when you walk in the door, she’s warm and very comforting. She explains everything you need to know regarding your insurance and also the procedures. Angelica is the lead assistant she’s kept me informed as to what will be done as far as the procedure during my dental appointment. She was also very comforting and knowledgeable. Dr. Badie made me feel extremely at ease. I’ve never been to a dentist office where everyone made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Going to the dentist is definitely not somewhere you want to go but with Dr Badie he made all my worries go away. My teeth need a lot of work and he assured me he can make my teeth look amazing again. There’s no words to describe how blessed I am to be seen by Dr. Badie. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I would definitely recommend this place!! 💓
Sabastian Rodriguez
5/5
2 years ago
Today I went in for my first check up.The whole staff was amazing. Dentist Badie really does care. He took his time with me to develop a plan with my teeth. I felt such a relief when he said that my teeth can be saved. Now myself I do not have insurance but the way they broke everything down made it super affordable for me. This place Is definitely worth it.

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Sharp Barnes
5/5
1 year ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
1 year ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
Jennifer Perkins
5/5
2 years ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
2 years ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!