Dental phobia can affect patients so badly that they refuse to visit the dentist, even when they are in extreme pain. Teeth, unlike the rest of the body, are unable to heal themselves. When a person cuts their finger they can simply place a plaster over the cut and know that in a week or so it will be completely healed. Teeth are unable to perform this same feat and it is only through the use of hygienist cleaning, fillings and crowns that a tooth can be treated and mended. The longer the pain in a tooth persists the worst the damage or decay. That’s why it is of vital importance that you visit a dentist if you are experiencing such a situation with your own teeth.
Thankfully, today’s dental sedation means that even patients with severe dental phobia can receive the treatment they need to heal any badly damaged teeth and restore the health of their smile.
What is dental sedation?
Dental sedation differs from other procedure preparations, as it does not cause unconsciousness. The patient is awake for their treatment but feels no pain or worry, just a sense of calm. Sedation can be administered orally or through an IV, whatever is comfortable for you. Once the treatment is over you can leave the practice without having to wait to wake up, although it is advisable that you have someone to pick you up as you may feel slightly light-headed for a couple of hours after the treatment.
Making our patients feel comfortable at Dublin18 Dental Care
Sedation is one thing, but we know the difference an understanding voice and a listening ear can make to a patient. This is why we never rush or hurry anyone along during consultations or treatments and we always take the time to listen to your fears and concerns. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during every step of your treatment and will listen to all you have to say at Dublin18 Dental care near Bray.
It is well documented that many people feel anxious about going to the dentist. The very idea of sitting in a waiting room surrounded by the sights and sounds of the surgery can often be daunting, so much so that it can cause people to avoid the dentist altogether. At Dublin18 Dental Care near Foxrock we understand that a visit to the dentist is not everyone’s idea of fun, but we will do all we can to make it a positive and relaxing experience.
Why do you feel nervous?
There are a myriad of reasons why people from Foxrock and around Ireland experience dental phobia or anxiousness. You may have had a negative experience in the past, be worried that there is a severe underlying problem or it may be a fear of needles or dental instruments that keeps you away. Rest assured that you are not alone and we can help you overcome your fears.
If you feel butterflies in your stomach and suffer from nerves when you think about going to see the dentist, try to distract yourself and think positively. At Dublin18 Dental Care we aim to provide techniques to help our patients feel relaxed when they come into the practice, and we invite all clients to take a moment and relax in their surroundings. We will never pressurise you and will always be on hand to provide reassurance and advice.
Speak to the dentist
If you suffer from anxiety or dental phobia feel free to inform us. We take pride at Dublin18 Dental Care in caring for all our patients needs. We can offer nervous patients sedation to help alleviate the fear of your visit or we can simply talk you through every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable to proceed with treatment.
Once you have come into the practice and grown accustomed to your surroundings, we can then help you get the dental treatment you deserve.
Many people are afraid of the dentist, or to be more accurate, they are afraid of what they think the dentist is going to do to them. In some cases the fear or phobia is so strong that it stops the sufferer from going to the dentist for many years, meaning that their teeth are in desperate need of attention by the time they summon up the courage to make an appointment.
There are lots of things that you and Dublin18 Dental Care can do to try and alleviate such fears, whether you are coming from Carrickmines or adjoining areas. Ask to take a tour of the clinic ahead of your appointment. Dentists themselves can do a lot to help people get over their fear by having a good “bedside manner” and remaining calm and gentle at all times. Not only does this make the patient feel calm, but the dentist will instantly seem more approachable and the patient more comfortable asking questions that may have bothered them for years. Good communication between patient and dentist is essential at all times.
Simply by calmly talking through everything involved in an appointment, dentists can help to relieve a lot of the fear; for many, dental phobia is a fear of the unknown. People who have not been to the dentist often, or who had a bad experience as a child, will always imagine the worst, but by explaining what is happening dentists can remove the mysterious and scary image and make treatment less frightening.
If you have a fear of the dentist that has stopped you from making an appointment, the staff at Dublin18 Dental Care are happy to help. All our dentists and dental nurses have dealt with nervous patients many times in the past, changing smiles and perceptions of the dentist for the better. The sooner you make an appointment and have your oral health checked, the less likely it is that serious problems will develop with your teeth.