It’s normal to feel uneasy about a trip to the dentist, but there are certain instances when the uneasiness reaches an extreme level, such as in dental phobia. Dental phobia is an irrational fear that causes one to avoid a visit to the dentist or undergo any dental procedure, for that matter.
With dental phobia, there is an extreme level of fear of dentists that one is likely to suffer a panic attack when a family member or a friend happens to take him or her to a dental office by surprise. Meanwhile, dental fear is more of a reaction to a known threat or danger. Dental fear is quite common for those who have undergone a dental procedure before and was traumatized by the tremendous amount of pain they felt, such as in a wisdom teeth extraction.