If you are, you are not alone. Our Epsom dental team offers helpful advice
Ask most people what their biggest phobia is and going to see a dentist will be right up there, along with spiders and flying, for a great many of them. This is nothing new and even the significant advances that have been made in dental care over the years don’t seem to have changed this greatly. Despite this anxiety, most patients of the Clocktower Dental, Implant & Facial Centre acknowledge the importance of overcoming this sufficiently to ensure that they can maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums.
So, why are so many people afraid of the dentist and what can be done to help them overcome this, at least enough for them to receive essential treatment?
Modern dental care
The first thing to remember, and especially if you haven’t seen a dentist for a very long time, is that dentistry has changed. The improvements in the equipment means that many of the things you might remember from your childhood have changed beyond recognition. From the surroundings of the clinic itself to the refining and technological advances in equipment, your dental experience is likely to be far more comfortable than you might remember.
Having said that, the reality is that we do sometimes have to perform procedures on your teeth to ensure that they are maintained correctly. Although there might be some slight discomfort when we do so, we use a range of methods to help keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
One of people’s biggest fears seems to be the ‘needle’. This has traditionally been used to apply a local anaesthetic into the area of the tooth when a filling or other invasive treatment is needed. The reality is that without the anaesthetic, it would be very painful indeed in many cases and would make the treatment almost impossible to do. This would result in the worsening of the condition of the tooth in question.
This problem has been the subject of a great deal of research over the years, especially as what is in effect such a minor part of any dental procedure can be a major factor in causing some anxious patients to cancel their appointment. The good news is that there is now a method that can often be used instead of a ‘needle’ to numb the area of your mouth where treatment is needed.