Phobia vs. anxiety Lots of people feel nervous or apprehensive before a dental appointment.
However, for some people, this nervousness can turn into anxiety or even a serious phobia. Those with anxiety might start to feel distressed in the run-up to the appointment, and they might find their heart racing and their stomach turning as they wait for their appointment. For those with a dental phobia, their fear may be so intense that even the thought of going to the dentist can send them into a severe panic. Anxiety and phobia can lead people to avoid visiting the dentist, even when they really need treatment, and some end up with serious oral health problems as a result.