Being nervous about going to the dentist is a very common anxiety which affects a large proportion of the population. Dental Phobia is a serious condition and is taken very seriously at Blossomfield Complete Dental Care. It is our experience that people with a dental phobia or anxiety tend not to visit a dentist regularly to assess the condition of their teeth and gums and therefore minor reversible problems such as gum inflammation or the beginnings of decay in a tooth go undetected leading to more serious conditions such as gum disease or tooth abscess. This can unfortunately have a negative affect on the situation as the next visit to the dentist is for a more fearful and extensive course of treatment. Mental conditioning makes this the norm for dental visits in the future. We would like to break this cycle and make your visit to our practice memorable for all the right reasons.
The one thing that you have to remember is that you are not alone in feeling anxious about visiting a dentist, it is a very common feeling. There are a number of reasons that can cause these feelings:
- A previous negative experience - you may have had a bad experience in the past that has put you off going to the dentist.
- You may be embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and gums.
- Some people have a fear of having dental instruments being placed in their mouth, they worry that this may trigger a gag reflex or cause an anxious feeling where they might find it difficult to breathe.
If you haven't been to a dentist before it may simply be a fear of the unknown. You may recognize one or more of the above anxieties but they can be overcome given the right circumstances;
- It is important to communicate your fears and concerns with your dentist. Mr. Skalka and Mr. Newland will always make time to talk with you during your initial consultation to discuss any anxieties that you may have.
- Any treatment option that is suggested will be explained in full, describing in plain terms each step that is to be carried out so that there are no surprises.
- Relaxation and distraction techniques -we can offer distraction and relaxation techniques such as complementary head and neck massage prior to treatment, relaxing music, virtual vision DVD goggles, we burn scented candles or oils in the waiting room to mask any clinical dental smells and we have a small non clinical area that we set aside for anxious patients to wait in prior to treatment if required. We will soon be able to offer hypnotherapy to relieve short or long term anxieties.