Most people go through life without experiencing some extent of dental phobia. Unfortunately, there are many who have a severe case of this condition, so much so that it impedes efficient dental care. This condition isn't just an urban legend, nor is it just a figment of the imagination, but rather, a scientifically-acknowledged phobia.
Like most of the conditions classified as a 'phobia', dental fear triggers an anxiety attack whenever the sufferer knows or thinks that a trip to the dentist is imminent. While many sufferers tend to veer away from thoughts of their teeth and dental operations, some cannot help but think about it most of the time. Either way, this will affect the way they are living their daily lives.
Research suggests that this fear can stem from a mental disorder of some sort, or at least be aggravated by it. Rational dental fears may stem from first-hand experience, but some arise out of stories and perhaps media influence. Whichever might be the cause, one thing is for sure: the fight-or-flight response that it elicits is an inconvenience for both the patient and the dentist.
Thankfully, there are many options available today that can lessen the anxiety brought about by dental procedures, dental sedation being one of them. This technique allows the patient to relax throughout the operation, which is of great help both to the anxious person whose teeth need treatment and the cautious dentist trying to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly.