While there are some individuals who experience “dental phobia” to the point where they sacrifice their oral health by choosing not to visit the dentist, there may be little for them to fear. The fact is that modern dental techniques have reduced pain to a barely perceptible level. When nearly 52,000 people were recently surveyed on the matter of dental procedures they had undergone during the past five years, only six percent reported severe pain during tooth extraction. Only five percent reported severe pain associated with root-canal therapy (it is the infection and inflammation that hurts, not the procedure to alleviate the pain of an abscessed nerve root), and only one percent experienced severe pain associated with a dental filling.
If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, make your feelings known when scheduling an appointment to ensure that you will be given detailed information about anything the dentist intends to do.