“I was scared of dentists and the dark”….hopefully you’re not scared of either, but unfortunately many people have anxiety about visiting a dentist or even a dental phobia.
Why are people scared of the dentist?
Many people are worried about being told off by the dentist, have had a bad experience in the past where it has hurt or they have had a poor relationship with their previous dentist. Some others are worried that their teeth are too embarrassing to show or that it will cost too much to make improvements. Other people will tell you their personal reasons; whatever the reason, it’s a barrier.
At Dentistry on King, we pride ourselves on our gentle approach and clear explanations. It is always better to come along when not in pain or having a problem, but if you have put it off, there is no need to be embarrassed: all of our experienced dentists would have seen all sorts of mouths…and you certainly won’t get told off!
For extremely anxious patients sometimes we would recommend certain medications prior to treatment and we may even recommend treatment with a sedationist (twilight sedation).
The one thing you can do to make the biggest difference
Ultimately the most important tip I have is to make an appointment with the dentist to discuss you concerns and just check them out. By making a non-clinical appointment, talking with a dentist, you will quickly see if there is a personal connection there, if you trust them and have confidence in them then that will make a big difference to your fear.
At Dentistry on King we pride ourselves on our gentle non-scary approach.
Article Courtesy Of Health QLD see full article and more here @ healthier.qld.gov.au
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