Odontophobia is the phobia of teeth or dental surgery. The origin of the word odonto is Greek (meaning tooth) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Odontophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page.
Causes of Odontophobia
Causes, like symptoms, will vary from person to person. Some people can also develop phobias with no direct cause at all. Most often, though, phobias are caused by a trauma
which usually occurs during childhood.
Symptoms of Fear of teeth or Dental Surgery
Those who truly possess an excessive Fear of teeth or Dental Surgery ;will often exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- Excessive sweating
- Dry mouth
- Being overly cautious
- Heart palpitations
- Inability to speak
- Becoming angry
- A feeling of detachment from reality
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Feelings of unsteadiness