Dental phobia? Here’s how your dentist can help
For some people who experience dental anxiety, a visit to the dentist is a dreaded experience they may avoid. If your dental phobia is preventing you from attending regular check-ups, don’t panic – here are a few ways your dentist can help.
Talk to your dentist
Untreated dental treatment can often cause more problems that will need more complex care. It’s important to talk to your dentist if you are experiencing dental phobia.
They can guide you through the treatment process so there are no surprises.
Scared of needles?
Drills, needles and even the clinical dental setting can often be a trigger. Generally, people who already have existing anxiety problems such as bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can increase the chances of a person developing a dental phobia.
In the UK, between 3.5% and 10% of the population are estimated to have a phobia of needles. If you are avoiding the dentist because of needle anxiety, it’s a relief to remember that only a few dental procedures require local anaesthesia. These include root canal, tooth extraction and sometimes a filling.
If the sound of drills is an issue for you, you may be able to wear earplugs during treatment.
It’s worth noting that most uncomfortable dental procedures can be avoided with proper dental hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist.
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious about your upcoming trip to the dentist, particularly if you’re getting an invasive procedure.
Dental anxiety can surface in the form of these symptoms:
- Racing heartbeat (tachycardia).
- Low blood pressure and possible fainting (syncope).
- Signs of panic or visible distress.
- Displays of aggression or upset during an appointment.
If you find that your dental phobia is seriously interfering with your dental health and causing you to avoid check-ups, then there are options available if necessary. Discuss with your GP the possibility of anti-anxiety medication – this can be prescribed in preparation for a dental appointment.
Friendly dental care from Boston House
Here at Boston House Dental Clinic, we prioritise friendly, professional care that is as pain-free as possible. Contact us today to discuss dental phobia and how our dentists can help at your next appointment.