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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dental Phobias

Dental phobia is quite common in our country. Memories, both real and imagined, of painful dental procedures, sensitive teeth scraped, a slipped cleaning tool, insufficient amounts of Novocain, or perhaps even sensitivity to the sounds of dental instruments cleaning your teeth causes your skin to crawl. No matter what the cause of your dental phobia, a friendly, professional dental staff can help alleviate your discomfort, and get you back into the dental chair.

Common Causes of Dental Phobias

Bad experiences are the most common cause of dental phobias. Some of us experienced dentists that were uncaring or rushed, while others have had actual painful experiences while visiting the dentist. Other causes may be:

  • Unrelated history of abuse, particularly in childhood
  • Unrelated post traumatic stress disorder
  • Unrelated medical humiliation


Phobia means "fear" in Greek, but in our modern society, the term phobia has been extended to mean an "irrational severe fear that leads to avoidance." No matter how irrational, however, dental phobia is individually legitimate, but can lead to serious oral health problems.

Cure for Dental Phobia


The best cure for any fear is to face it directly; but it's helpful to have a caring, friendly, and professional staff to help you conquer this fear. At Colonial Dental Group, we are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable atmosphere.

Our dentists are skilled in dealing with every form of dental phobia, and we offer special treatments like sedation dentistry for patients who are particularly nervous about dental procedures. We are devoted to making every visit to the dentist easy and enjoyable.

If you live in or around Chicago, Illinois, and fear of the dentist has kept you from getting the oral health care you deserve, please contact the friendly, professional staff at Colonial Dental Group to hear about the ways we can make your visit stress and anxiety free.

posted by Erica at 7:35 AM

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