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Having a fear of the dentist is a common issue that can get in the way of your personal dental hygiene. It can affect people in a number of ways from feelings of mild anxiety to debilitating phobias that can result in avoiding the dentist causing gum disease, cavities and plaque. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the reasons behind dental phobia and how you can put it in the past.
Dental phobias can present themselves in a variety of ways. For one person it could simply be a knot in the pit of their stomach or a sleepless night, but for some, the idea of visiting the dentist can result in feeling tearful and even panic attacks.
For some people, the fear of seeing a dentist can stem from a negative childhood experience. For example, if you have undergone extensive dental procedures at a younger age which caused discomfort, it is natural to be hesitant regarding return visits. For others, it can simply be a case of hating the idea of not being in control of a situation and the fear that a procedure might be painful.
Embarrassment can also be the source of the phobia. If a person hasn’t made dental care a priority, it could be that they find their teeth to be a reason to feel self-conscious and as a result, the scrutiny of a dental professional can cause anxiety.
If you are one of those people who actively avoid the dentist even when you know your dental health is suffering, IV sedation can provide a solution. Luckily, there are options for those who find their fear of the dentist too much to bear. Many practices offer patients the option to use intravenous sedation which allows you to receive the dental care you require while sedated which ensures you are conscious yet relaxed for the duration. As well as relaxing patients it also gives memory loss meaning difficult or long procedures are more manageable.
Studies show that one in four people have a phobia of the dentist but with the right help and assistance, you can overcome your fear and reduce the anxiety surrounding the process.
The first step is to acknowledge your fear and discuss it. Talking to a dental professional about your worries can help you to seek reassurance and put your mind at ease. Do this in person and have your dentist talk through the checkup process, this way you know what to expect without having to rely solely on your imagination. Take a friend and family member with you for moral support and have them sit in with you during the treatment. Start slowly with a stress-free check up or even a tour of the dental practice to ease yourself in.
If you have a phobia of going to the dentist, use our top tips mentioned in this post to overcome your anxiety and make small steps to turning a negative experience into a positive one.
If you are a nervous patient contact our friendly team today to see how we can help make your visits to the dentist a great experience you won’t dread. Pop by the practice or call 01709 917 666.
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