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Dentavox study indicates over 60% of people globally suffer from dental fear, 4% never visited a dentist

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Monday, September 17, 2018, 15:00 Hrs  [IST]

DentaVox research has revealed that dental fear is biggest apprehension across people worldwide. Some of the key reasons for unaddressed teeth issues are fear of visiting dental clinics, lack of dental insurance and high treatment costs. The trend is universal even as one third of the US population avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety or fear.

According to a recent survey conducted on the market research platform DentaVox and taken by 18,000 people worldwide, 61 per cent of the respondents suffer from dental fear, and almost 4 per cent of them have never been to a dentist. The biggest percentage of people which is 39 per cent are afraid of the pain, followed by the smell of chemicals is 24 per cent and the sound of the drill is 21 per cent. A smaller part which 7 per cent are afraid of being stuck in the dental chair is 7 per cent and having to keep their mouth open for a long time is 5 per cent. Atleast 5 per cent dread discomforts.

Local anesthetics remain the key solution for lindering patients’ fears and unpleasant sensations, despite the potential side effects such as dizziness, nausea and numbness To overcome pain and fear associated with dental procedures, nearly 60 per cent of all respondents resort to local anesthetics, even though 45 per cent of all people who have taken the survey consider local anesthesia harmful or somewhat harmful, stated the report by the  online market research platform.

The financial factor also plays a significant role when deciding whether or not to opt for a sedation. Around 80 per cent of people are likely to refrain from a local anesthesia if it would reduce the dental bill. Around 43 per cent would even go for a lengthy dental procedure without any sedation and 2 per cent of people would consider this option, if they could get sedation in case of an unbearable pain.

Given the complex nature and varying severity of dental anxiety, dentists globally are applying an array of auxiliary stress and pain relieving methods at clinics. For starters, they stray away from the typical, sterile white dental setting by opting for dental furniture and appliances in bright and cheerful colors. They also strive to create a relaxing environment enhanced by a discreet background music. Many dentists attend emotional intelligence and empathy promoting seminars and put great efforts in training their assistants and administrative staff to adopt these key competences as well.

Technology is also backing dentists. There are already very advanced, painless injection systems and quiet drills in the market that make treatments bearable. Entertaining patients’ senses by providing them with 3D glasses and headphones while on the dental chair has also become a well-accepted practice. According to the dental community, all these approaches are worth trying to overcome the widespread fear spiral that seriously threatens dental health, said the report.


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