Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dentophobia: The Fear of Dentists

Dentophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of dentists.  This is an extremely common phobia and affects approximately 12% of the United States population.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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