Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. It’s not unusual. It’s like the many people who have a fear of flying. An excellent way to help with the fear of dentists is to bring a distraction such as a magazine or having a TV screen playing during a procedure. For patients with extremely high levels of anxiety, sedation is a treatment technique that can help them maintain their oral health and may also be used for lengthy procedures.
- There can be varying degrees of it, though. Most patients probably feel at least a tinge of apprehension when they come for an appointment. This level of anxiety is rarely enough to make them cancel.
- When they know that a treatment is going to take place. As we know, delaying treatment will only make the situation worse, with more extensive treatment almost certainly needed later on.
- We know that different people will ‘click’ with certain dentists and not so much with others. We have many highly qualified and friendly dentists within our practice, and we are happy to help.
“If you find that you are anxious even before you leave your home for your appointment, why not look into some relaxation exercises? These can range from some rather painful-looking yoga techniques to very simple breathing exercises. These can be very useful for ‘grounding’ you before your appointment, and the breathing exercises may also help during the treatment itself.”