We all have fears we must overcome, but in Iowa, it looks like a lot of us have the same fear to face. I am part of the people who are terrified of the topic we are covering today. It's something in our lives that we must all face.

Today we are taking a look at what sources say over a quarter of Iowan's fear.


1- In -3 Iowans Are Terrified Of This One Thing

A recent study has shown that 1-in-3 Iowans Describe Their Most Recent Dentist Visit as ‘Traumatic', 

View of fearful dentist from inside open mouth

Freshlygroundmedia.com went on to say,

Iowa respondents reported feeling traumatized by their most recent visit to the dentist. While this statistic is concerning, it is particularly alarming to note that residents of Arkansas appear to have had the worst experiences, with 37% of those surveyed describing their dental visit as ‘traumatic’. Conversely, only 16% of respondents in Vermont felt the same way.

Wow. People really do hate the dentist. I to have a fear of the dentist. Here's something I totally understand,

Twenty-four percent of patients also reported that they have delayed or put off procedures entirely due to fear of the procedure. Moreover, over 1-in-10 (12%) said that they have, on at least one occasion, self-medicated with alcohol prior to the visit.

I myself have put off the dentist many times.


Which procedures distress Us The Most

Kathryn O’Brien, with NextSmile.com stated,

These findings highlight the need for greater attention to patient comfort and satisfaction in the dental industry. A visit to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many individuals, and it is essential that dentists take steps to alleviate these fears and ensure that patients feel comfortable and well-cared-for throughout their appointment.


  1.  Root Canal: A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth.
  2.  Dental Implants
  3.  Periodontal Surgery: Surgery to treat periodontal disease can be quite painful, as the dentist must remove damaged tissue and clean out the infected areas.
  4. Tooth Extraction: Having a tooth pulled can be a painful process, especially if the tooth is impacted or has deep roots.
  5.  Tooth filling: A common dental treatment that is used to repair cavities or damaged teeth.

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