Although not all people find dental appointments unpleasant some may suffer at the hands of dental anxiety. Fear of anything dental is termed as dental anxiety or dental phobia. To make visiting the dentist an enjoyable experience we offer patients choices to reduce dental phobia.
Dental Phobia Experiences
Sufferers of dental phobia may avoid getting much needed dental treatment due to high anxiety. The fear may be caused by past dentistry experiences, such as painful drilling or injections. For some, their fear is rooted in not liking how their dentist treated them or an unpleasant experience in the dental practice. Others may have high oral sensitivity or a gag reflex.
Dental anxiety develops from childhood and so enjoyable dentistry is vital if children are to receive dental treatment during their lifetime.
Dental Phobia and Health Impacts
Missing regular dental check-ups or essential dental treatment may lead to tooth decay, oral disease and severe pain. Oral diseases are also linked to other health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, which is why treating dental phobia is important for oral health and general well-being.
Accessing Dental Phobia Treatment
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Dental Phobia Treatments
Dental phobia treatment options to help anxious patients include:
Being able to talk about the cause of dental phobia with a professional can help to address the underlying fears that are preventing an individual from receiving dental care. Talk therapies, meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are aimed at reducing dental anxiety. Our clinic may refer individuals in need of such help for counselling.
We provide not only a sterile environment for patients to receive dental care but have also designed our clinic for an enhanced sensory experience. Patients feel comfortable in our clinic because it is a warm and friendly environment. We offer patients the option of listening to music during treatment and encourage feedback on relaxation techniques to help patients in our care.
Where patients suffer severe anxiety about the dentist and are not keen on other means of anxiety reduction, dentists may prescribe or refer to a medical practitioner for prescription of an anxiety-reducing medication. Suitability of such treatment will depend on the patient’s medical history.
In the past, injections may have been painful but patients can now enjoy painless injections with The Wand. This is ideal for treating those with a past fear of needles. It looks like a pen and is computer-programmed to administer appropriate amounts of anaesthetic.
Although still a form of injection, patients do not experience the sting of the traditional injection and The Wand does not look like an injection needle. The Wand is used to treat children so they do not have future fear of injections and dental treatments.