We Can Help Ease Your Fear of Dentistry
Dental anxiety involves feeling high levels of stress or fear about visiting the dentist. It is very common and impacts over 50% of the UK population. Dental phobia is a very severe form of dental anxiety that 17% of UK individuals suffer with, to the extent that it prevents them from ever stepping into a dental surgery.
How Does Dental Phobia Impact Oral Health?
Dental phobia often causes patients to avoid scheduling visits to the dentist, or to miss appointments that they have scheduled because they are scared to attend.
Unfortunately, this can lead to symptoms worsening and feed a vicious cycle of avoidance.
Attending regular dental check-ups enables the dentist to monitor the health of the teeth and quickly pick up on any potential problem areas. If these check-ups are avoided, then it is likely that dental health will worsen and more invasive treatments could be required to repair the damage.
Common symptoms of this condition include:
- Racing heartbeat, palpitations, trembling, low blood pressure or hyperventilation
- Feeling distressed or the urge to vomit
- Difficulty sleeping before an appointment
- Deep unease at the thought of objects entering the mouth
Fear of the dentist can be triggered by a number of things, such as:
- A traumatic experience at the dentist or elsewhere in an individual’s life.
- Suffering from general anxiety or other conditions, such as claustrophobia or agoraphobia (where you fear situations from which you feel there is no escape).
- Fear of losing control or experiencing pain.
We want to prevent this from happening and are here to help you feel as comfortable as possible visiting us, so you can get the oral care that you need and deserve.
How Can Harley Street Oral Reconstructive Centre Help?
We understand that visiting the dentist is not easy for many of our patients and we are here to ease your dental anxiety. Whether you are simply nervous or completely terrified, we are committed to working together to reduce stress.
We encourage you to talk to us about what specific aspects make you anxious and ask as many questions as you need to help with your understanding of the process. Prior to the appointment, we can also work together to agree on a cue if you feel you need to stop or would like a break. We will let you take things at your own pace, so you feel in control and if you need an additional helping hand, that is ok. There are a number of other ways we can help our anxious patients after we have assessed their concerns:
All three treatment options require you to be accompanied to the appointment by a friend or family member, as you would not be able to drive a car after taking the medication.
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To learn more about how we can work together to achieve your goals please contact us.