Why Fear of the Dentist is No Longer a Barrier to Treatment
It’s not uncommon to be scared of the dentist, and it’s definitely nothing to be ashamed of. Approximately one in ten adults across the UK are so scared of dentists and/or dental treatment that they put off going for general check-ups, often only forced into a practice when a condition becomes too much to bear.
Unfortunately this often makes things worse, as dental emergencies can be painful and are likely to already see the patient in a heightened state of anxiety, which some studies have shown can make the body more responsive to pain. It doesn’t have to be this way. Modern dentistry offers a number of ways to help nervous dental patients get treatment, and it all begins with finding an understanding dentist.
Harley Street Dental Clinic offers special care for anxious, nervous, and dental phobic patients. Each patient’s journey to overcome fear and get back to oral health will be different, and an experienced and empathic dentist will help you to find your own personal path there – whatever it may take.
It can sometimes be helpful to identify the cause of fear of the dentist. Dental phobia has numerous causes, and sometimes a specific trigger can be found that you and your dentist can work around to help you get the treatment you need and the smile you deserve.
For example, if the sound of the drill strikes fear into your heart, you may be able to wear headphones during treatment. Listening to your favourite band or radio show can help you to relax and drown out the noises of the practice.
Establishing hand signals with the dental team to ensure that you remain in control at all stages of treatment can also be beneficial. No dentist will mind taking a short break if you need one – ample time will be factored into your appointment to allow for this.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to get a little more help relaxing. Unlike a hospital general anaesthetics, dental sedation doesn’t send you to sleep, but you will be very relaxed, free from pain, and largely unaware of your treatment.