Are you scared of the dentist?
Being scared of the dentist is human and it’s still a very common problem, despite the modern advances in dentistry and dental care techniques. Some people’s fear stems from previous bad experiences in a dental or a medical setting. Or you may have inherited it from your parents’ dental fear, or from a traumatic life experience.
Why it's OK to be worried or afraid
Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is a treatment that allows you to minimise pain and discomfort associated with dental and oral surgery procedures. Patients who chose to use sedation dentistry will do so because they have a low pain threshold, are afraid of needles or are simply scared of the dentist experience as a whole.
Sedation dentistry can also be suitable for patients who have a strong gag reflex, have overly sensitive teeth and gums, or difficulty keeping their mouth open because of a jaw problem.
What can I do about this fear?
There are 2 ways we look after you and your fears.
One is to give you the time you need, to discuss your concerns in a relaxed environment, without obligation for any treatment actually taking place. So the first step, if you are scared of the dentist and you have been avoiding your much needed care, is to give us a call. Meeting the team, you will find them approachable, relaxed, friendly, and very understanding of your situation. They will take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and you will find that our dentists and dental hygienists are also uniquely experienced in managing nervous patients.
A second avenue to consider if you’re scared of the dentist, is sleep dentistry. Also called “dental treatment under IV Sedation” or sedation dentistry, this is often a chosen avenue for those with complex or lengthy treatment needs.