Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.The good news is that we at Easter Ross Dental Care understand our patient’s fears.Dental anxiety and phobia can have adverse impacts on a person’s quality of life, and hence at Easter Ross Dental Care it is imperative to identify and alleviate these significant obstacles to pave the way for better oral health and overall well-being of the individual. It is our duty and responsibility to provide excellent dental care to anxious patients .Management of anxious patients is an integral part of our clinical practice. Our therapy is customized to each individual following proper evaluation, and is based on our experience, expertise, degree of anxiety, patient intellect, age, cooperation, and clinical situation.With a combination of kindness and gentleness we can do a lot to make dental treatment stress free.If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable.Most people who are scared of the dentist have had bad memories from childhood.We have a friendlier environments, a pleasant reception area and polite staff.Advances in technology have also improved dentistry. Treatment can now be completely painless. A numbing gel can also be used to numb your gums before an injection so you don’t feel the needle.We communicate with the patient and identify their source of fear and anxiety, with adjuvant use of self-reporting anxiety and fear scales to enable categorization as mild, moderate, or extreme anxiety or dental-phobic.
Mildly and moderately anxious
Dental anxiety may be prevented by the avoidance of negative experiences and the promotion of positive experiences.
Children attending our the dental surgery are encouraged by a warm and welcoming child-friendly environment, the use of fluoride supplements to inhibit caries and thus prevent invasive treatment.Patients can be frequently managed using psychological interventions, and occasionally anxiolytic drugs or conscious sedation may be necessary( Referral may be needed).
Extremely anxious or phobic patients
Most frequently require combined management approaches( referral may be needed)
All successful treatment will rest on entist–patient cooperation, and thus a relaxed patient will obviously result in a less stressful atmosphere for the dental team and better treatment outcomes.
Important points to ease dental fear
If you’re anxious about seeing the dentis tell the dentist that you’re anxious so they know beforehand.
Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.
The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don’t worry that you’ll be launched into having a filling, the drill or a needle. See this first visit as your chance to get to know the dentist.
Take a friend with you to your appointment. The dentist won’t mind if they accompany you throughout the check-up or treatment.
Agree a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger, and will help you feel more in control.
If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and rapport with your dentist.
Take a personal stereo with you to listen to music during your visit. It will help you relax.
If you’re extremely nervous, ask your dentist to refer you to an NHS sedation clinic. These clinics are specifically for nervous dental patients.
Some people find simple inhalation sedation very helpful to relax them for dental treatment. This is a bit like gas and air given during childbirth, but instead of being delivered through a mask it comes through a nosepiece.
If you’re extremely nervous you may prefer intravenous sedation (through an injection into your hand or arm) during treatment. The drugs won’t send you to sleep – you’ll be awake and able to talk to the dentist – but they’ll calm and relax you so deeply you probably won’t remember much of what happened.