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Dental Anxiety Dental fear and anxiety is quite common and it's something we take extremely seriously.

Dental Anxiety

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Do you find yourself avoiding booking that dental appointment even though you know it's been far too long since your last visit? Perhaps you have put off visiting the dentist although one or two of your teeth are giving you problems? Dental fear and anxiety is quite common, and it's recognised by dentists as being a real issue. It's something we take extremely seriously at Sparkle Dental, and we do everything possible to help put nervous patients at their ease. We have lots of different tools and techniques to help make regular dental visits far more comfortable and relaxing, and you'll find we always take the time to listen to your concerns. Signs of dental phobia and anxiety can include:

  • Feeling physically ill at the thought of visiting the dentist

  • Having trouble sleeping the night before a dental check-up

  • Feeling increasingly nervous while in the waiting room

  • Experiencing intense anxiety during the examination, or even feeling as if it is difficult to breathe

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety can arise due to a number of different issues. It can be something that we learn from our parents, as it's all too easy to pass on negative attitudes even when you don't intend to do so. It's also something that can result due to the following problems:

  • Having had a bad experience in the dental chair

  • Hating the feeling of being helpless or not in control while receiving dental treatment

  • Feeling embarrassed over the state of your teeth

  • Fearing being lectured over neglecting oral health

  • Fear of injections or being in pain

  • Being fearful about possible side effects of anaesthetics

A caring dental surgery would never dream of making anyone feel embarrassed over the state of their teeth, and we certainly never lecture anyone on this subject as we realise just how difficult it can be for some people to seek treatment and the sheer effort involved in even making an appointment or stepping through the door. Instead we aim to put forward practical solutions to help you overcome dental anxiety, and to help you regain oral health. If you haven't visited the dentist for a while you might be surprised at just how different modern dental treatment can be.

Solutions for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

The key to overcoming dental anxiety and phobias is to talk to us about your concerns. Once we know about these issues than we will help you overcome them. We can work with you to discover solutions to enable you to have essential dental treatment whilst ensuring you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

The first appointment is just a checkup and won't involve any treatment. It can help if you let us know what makes you feel particularly anxious, as for example some people hate the feeling of being helpless, and we can help give you back this control through implementing simple measures such as raising your hand to stop treatment at any time, whenever you feel uncomfortable or need a break. We can discuss all the aspects of the treatment with you so you understand exactly what's happening, and we certainly don't mind going over this information more than once as it can be very difficult to take in everything that's said if you feel even slightly stressed.

Other solutions that can help include:

  • Sedation dentistry that can be tailored to take into account your levels of anxiety. Sedation dentistry can include nitrous oxide or laughing gas, oral sedation or intravenous sedation, and it's a solution that can be particularly useful for enabling your dentist to carry out a substantial amount of treatment in just one appointment.

  • Trying out relaxation techniques or yoga prior to appointments.

  • Listening to your iPod or MP3 player during treatment.

  • Some people may benefit from more intense forms of therapy such as hypnotherapy.

The main thing to bear in mind is that dental anxiety is relatively common, and that your fears and anxieties will always be taken seriously.