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No one actually likes going to the dentist, but sometimes we have to do things that aren’t fun. We totally understand that people only come to see us because they want results, whether it’s to preserve the health of their teeth or get cosmetic treatments to give them a million-dollar smile. Unfortunately for some people, a trip to the dentist isn’t a means to an end, it’s a terrifying prospect they will do anything to avoid. And that avoidance means small issues can become major problems. That’s why we have worked hard to become a specialist dentist for nervous patients. If we can encourage people with dentophobia (fear of the dentist) to overcome their nerves in the dental surgery, they will be better placed to take care of their teeth and prevent small issues from becoming big ones.
Why are people nervous of dentists?
There are many reasons why people develop a fear of dentists. A bad experience at a dental surgery is one of the most common, especially for people who were children at the time of this experience. Another common cause that prevents people from visiting a dentist is trypanophobia – a fear of needles and injections. And others have an issue with sounds, finding the noise of the drill far more than merely off-putting.
Are you worried about pain?
Some people are afraid of pain and convince themselves that any dental treatment will be even more painful than the toothache they’re experiencing. They don’t understand that with modern anaesthetics, they don’t suffer any pain at all during treatment. In fact, we always aim to do everything we can to make the treatment as comfortable as possible and pain-free for everyone. But we’ll always take extra special care of nervous patients.
Worried about the state of your teeth?
Other people are nervous of the dentist because they’re worried about or even ashamed of the poor state of their teeth. If you don’t keep on top of your dental health and oral hygiene, problems are going to start happening. As dentists, it’s not our job to judge – it’s our job to treat problems and teach you how to look after your teeth in the future. The fact that you’re reading this blog in the first place is the first step to getting your problem fixed, and that’s a huge step forward. We will be delighted to help you with the next step.
Treatment for a nervous patient
The first thing to say is that if you’re feeling nervous about visiting the dentist, for whatever reason, you must tell us so we can act accordingly. We offer free consultations for all general dentistry as well as cosmetic treatments, so begin the process by booking your consultation now. We will do everything we can to reduce your anxiety about your visit, and we will spend time talking with you about any treatments we’d recommend. We also have a number of options to help you overcome your nerves.
We hope that by being empathetic, explaining the processes and taking things easy, we’ll be able to alleviate your nerves and help you relax enough to undergo dental procedures. However, if you are still nervous about the process, we can offer sedation dentistry. If you are a very nervous patient, we may recommend intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered through a drip throughout the treatment. This is to put you into an extremely relaxed state, but you won’t be unconscious – it isn’t a general anaesthetic. You will be able to respond to the dentist, but the likelihood is that you’ll have no recollection of the treatment when the effects of the sedative wear off. Our dentists are fully trained to administer the sedative and monitor your blood pressure and oxygen levels throughout the treatment, so you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.
If you are looking for a dentist specialising in nervous patients, please feel free to contact us to talk more about how we can help.