A trip to your dentists can be a nerve-racking time. A fear of the dentists can mean different things to different people. Fears can range from relatively minor, to a life changing dread of the dentists. This in turn lead to huge anxiety and potentially bad oral health. These fears can stop people attending the dentist at any time. This can lead to more extensive dental work being required in some patients.
Advances in dental care
The world of dentistry has changed massively over the last 50 years. Treatments are becoming less painful, and can even be completely pain free with the help of sedation techniques. Even the sound of the drills used by dentists has been reduced. This can help with cases of dental anxiety, as these noises can have upsetting connotations. This can be altogether unappealing to some patients.
At Aura Dental, St John’s Wood dental phobia is treated with the care and dignity you deserve. Dentists have become sympathetic to the needs of a modern patient with dental phobia. Some dentists even offer hypnotherapy as a form of facing this fear. Traditional techniques such as sedation are also viable options, and offer the relaxation you deserve from your dental treatment.
Sedation choices can include an oral sedation. This option is often for patients with a fear of needles. This can relax you enough to receive your treatment without fear.
Another option is IV sedation. This is administered by a qualified anesthetist. You will be relaxed but awake during this process. This option usually leaves the patient with little or no memory of the procedure and will take the rest of the day to wear off. After IV sedation, you cannot drive, or use any machinery, until the next day, when the sedatives will have fully left your system.
Dental fear facts
Almost half of adults in the UK suffer from dental anxiety. This has varying levels of fear, with 12% of adults suffering from extreme dental anxiety.
Dental phobias are listed as number one reason for creating fear, with a whopping 22% of people agreeing, compared to the second highest being heights, with 19%.