A new study published in the Australian Dental Journal has found that women in their 40s were more likely to get stressed over a visit to the dentist.
The study was led by Dr Avanti Karve, a dentist with Special Needs, who has been studying about dental anxiety and phobia over the last five years.
The researchers identified women in their 40s as most likely to dread going to a dentist which could have been fueled with a traumatic dental experience in the past.
"Dental anxiety is very real and complex and it should never be downplayed. A recent national telephone survey found that a person with severe dental anxiety waits on average 17 days to make an appointment when in severe pain, as opposed to three days in the remaining population", Dr Karve said.