Study: Fear Of The Dentist Is All In Your Head

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – For some, the thought of going to the dentist evokes anxiety and panic.

Now, researchers think they are closer to discovering an answer as to why this occurs by scanning people’s brains while playing them sounds of dental drills and suction instruments.

According to a report presented at a meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, researchers in Japan found that those who were terrified of dental visits showed marked differences in their brain responses  than those who were more relaxed at the idea.

Japanese researcher and dentist Hiroyuki Karibe said figuring out how the brain reacts to the sounds could help scientists find different ways to make dental patients more relaxed.

“As a paediatric dentist, I’ve seen many patients since 1987, and from my clinical experience, I found that the sound of drilling can evoke anxiety in dental patients,” Karibe explained the South China Morning…

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