Fear of the Dentist/Dental Anxiety

Many people feel some level of anxiety before a visit to the Dentist. But if your fear is stopping you visiting the dentist, it could be affecting your oral and general health sharing common risk factors including all-body and oral diseases.

Prevention is better than cure. By not visiting your dentist regularly you may incur a more complex issue or treatment through leaving a problem or issue unresolved. A frequent visit to the dentist will ensure that your teeth, gums and mouth stay healthy. Regular dental check-ups, scale and polish and x-rays will help your dentist find any problems early so that simpler treatments are needed.

So what can you do to help?

Research -If you’re looking for a dentist ask family or friends - recommendations for a dentist from someone you trust can help reduce your anxiety. Time - It is also a good idea to select a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. Talk - If you're feeling tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff when making the appointment. Expressing your concerns will help them to understand your needs. Most dentists will be happy to discuss your fear and talk you through each step of a treatment. Support - Bring a friend/family member with you to your appointment. Signal - Agree a signal with your dentist so you can indicate when you need to take a break during a treatment. Coping mechanisms - Listening to music or deep breathing can help.

If you have severe dental anxiety or a phobia please discuss with your dentist so that they can tailor a treatment plan for you.