Do you keep putting off a dental appointment due to fear and anxiety?
Are you haunted by a past negative experience or what you imagine negative experiences can be like?
Do you get an upset stomach at the very thought of sitting in a dental chair?
In that case you may have a dental anxiety
Dental anxiety is a very real thing that affects millions of people in Australia. Unfortunately, surrendering to those fears just creates more dental woes down the road.
However, there are steps you can take to calm your nerves and eliminate your dental anxiety altogether.
So sit back and relax while Prevent Dental Suite introduces you to dental anxiety and how to successfully fight it!
Signs You Have Dental Anxiety
- You feel tense or have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
- You get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
- You feel like crying when you think of going to the dentist. The sight of dental instruments — or of white-coated staff at the dentist’s office — increases your anxiety.
- The thought of a dental visit makes you feel physically ill.
- You panic or have trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.
What Causes Dental Anxiety
A study at North Carolina University has shown that overall anxiety level is actually a better indicator of how you will react to the dentist and dental visits. In other words, you may just be prone to dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety may also stem from:
- Prior painful or negative experiences
- Feeling helpless or out of control in a dental office situation
- Feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth
- Fear of being ridiculed about neglecting your teeth
But whatever the cause, dental anxiety needs to be overcome, as it only leads to worse and worse dental health.
Overcoming Dental Fear
Patients experiences dental anxiety need to know that there are ways to manage that fear, and make going to the dentist a lot more comfortable, if not stress-free.
- Talk to your dentist about your fears prior to your visit. The dentist will discuss options such as medication, to help you manage your visit.
- Schedule your visit early in the day.
- Engage in some calming practice (e.g. yoga) before treatment.
- Understand that dentistry is more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. Many patients envision scenes from old movies when they think of dentistry. Today, treatment is safe, fast, and in many cases nearly pain-free.
- Use relaxation techniques to help calm your nerves. Practice deep breathing or envision yourself on a beautiful beach.
- If the sound of drilling or suctioning makes you feel tense, listen to your favorite music to drown out the sound.
- Avoid caffeine or other stimulants the day before and day of the appointment.
- Avoid sugary foods that provide temporary energy. Instead, eat protein rich foods that produce a calming effect.
- Have friend or family go with you.
These positive techniques work wonders. Give them a try for your next visit at Prevent Dental!
Prevent Dental Suite Helps You Fight the Fear with The Wand & Sedation!
Say goodbye to dental fear and the dreaded syringe, and say hello to pain-free dental procedure. The Wand is finally here. The Wand is a state-of-the-art platform for local anaesthesia. It is a painless injection system developed to replace traditional needle in dentistry.
Compared to the old-fashioned syringe, The Wand has several advantages. Dentists can control the dosage to target specific areas that require operation as The Wand delivers anaesthesia at a slow and low-pressure rate. This process is called Single Tooth Anaesthesia or STA, eliminating any collateral numbness in the tongue, cheeks or lips of the patient.
For patients with larger problems, or those who want to ‘ignore’ their treatment, there are other anaesthetic/sedative options as well, including sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist. Most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.
Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver, particularly for driving to and from the dental office.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry as an answer to your anxiety, be sure to call for a consultation with your Prevent Dental Suite Dentist!
High-quality Dental Care at Prevent Dental Suite in Kallangur
At Prevent Dental Suites, we go above and beyond to help improve your dental care, oral health, and the appearance of your smile. We are your partners in your dental and general health, and we want to give it to you without anxiety!
We are a family friendly dentist and we serve patients of every age!