Are you afraid of the Dentist?
A significant number of people are nervous at the prospect of a visit to the dentist and for some; their crippling fear prevents them from visiting for years at a time.
Some people are embarrassed by their fear and try to hide it, but this can often be mistaken for surliness which may prevent the team from feeling confident that they are helping you to relax.
Our team truly understands how your fear affects you. A quiet chat with one of the staff could be the difference between a miserable ordeal and complete fear rehabilitation.
Why are you scared?
Quite often, it is an unpleasant experience in the past that has planted a seed of anxiety which grows into an overwhelming fear. Other common worries may include:
- Fear of injections
- Fear of pain or of the anaesthetic not working
- Concerns about unnecessary treatment and anxiety about cross-infection, bleeding and gagging
What can you do about it?
We urge you not to feel embarrassed about expressing your feelings. If you haven’t been for a while, you may prefer to explain your concerns over the phone before coming in, or maybe even drop in and speak to one of the team……. you just might find that pain relief and dental techniques have evolved or changed since your last visit!
If you do need treatment, we encourage you to ask lots of questions and make sure you understand exactly what your plan entails. This helps you to appreciate that you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your dental health and treatment. When the time comes for your visit, you may wish to bring a friend or relative with you for support.
If the notion of a long treatment session is upsetting you, you can discuss it with your dentist and work on a coping strategy, such as a hand signal if you need to take a ‘time out’.
If your anxiety is very severe you may wish to consider some of the following options:
- Relaxation techniques
For further advice or information about how we can help you to overcome or manage your fear, call our friendly team on 01483 281428.