Dental anxiety is a serious issue that affects over 40 million people in the U.S., according to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. So, why are so many people terrified of dentists? There are many different reasons for this. For some, it is a result of traumatic memories from past dental visits, while others are intimidated by all the unfamiliar equipment.
Those with dental anxiety often find themselves skipping dental appointments because of their anxiety. That means dental issues are not addressed until it develops into a more advanced stage where the pain becomes unbearable. This puts the patient’s dental health at risk and significantly increases their dental bills.