As dentists, we’re aware that a visit to our clinic isn’t always at the top of some people’s favourite places. Being realistic, we’re sure that lots of people would rather be sitting at their desks at work than in our chairs. But if you’ve got a dental phobia, it may mean you’re missing out on essential oral care.
Fear of the dentist is very common. For some, it may mean you have a mild dislike of drills or having your mouth probed. For others, the anxiety stops them from even setting foot in the clinic.
So, if you’ve got dental anxiety, what can you do to overcome your fears?
Here are four tips for dealing with this challenging phobia so you can get the treatment you deserve.
Living in fear of the dentist’s chair, the tools we use, or the treatments we provide could be detrimental to your health. If we’re unable to treat tooth decay early, it’ll only get worse.
The first thing you should do is talk to us. When booking your appointment, let the receptionist know you’re scared or anxious. We’ll make allowances when we see you, like giving you longer appointments so that we can go at your pace.
We’re compassionate and patient. We’re here to listen to your concerns, and if there’s any aspect of your treatment that’s particularly causing you alarm, knowing about it may give us a chance to change the way we treat you.
We’ll also take the time to talk you through everything we’ll be doing so there are no unwanted surprises along the way.
We know that the stress and worry of seeing us don’t just kick in the moment you’re in our chair. You’ll be anxious before you get here, and while you’re in the waiting room.
Although we do our best to make our waiting area tranquil and relaxing, at certain times of the day there are likely to be more people waiting for appointments.
Let us know that you’d like a slot during the quieter part of the day, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure your stress is minimised.
Often, it’s helpful to bring a friend or family member with you to the clinic. If you’re anxious, they can talk to you while you wait to keep your mind off things. Sometimes having them in the room with you while you’re receiving treatment can reassure you.
Whatever your taste in music, listening to some of your favourite songs can help distract you from everything that’s going on around you. Bringing some noise cancelling headphones along will also help drown out the noise of any equipment we use too.
Dental phobia doesn’t need to stop you getting the treatment you need. Our friendly, supportive, and caring team are on hand to help you overcome your worries and smile with confidence again. To find out more about how we can help you, book your appointment today.Back to Blog
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