Feeling anxiety about visiting the dentist’s office prevents people from receiving the dental care that they deserve and need.
A recent study run at King’s College London revealed that dental anxiety has unexpected impacts on a person’s social, psychological, emotional, and physiological states.
Individuals who suffer from dental anxiety tend to have active cavities and missing teeth. This makes them hesitant to smile and have feelings of embarrassment about the condition of their mouth.
They can also experience sadness, fatigue, and discouragement. So dental anxiety has very real physical effects.
In some cases, anxiety-induced dental damage grows as people with anxiety don’t get regularly scheduled dental services, which allows dental issues to develop or worsen.
When they do visit the dentist, their anxiety may lead them to choose easier and more short-term dental solutions instead of the dental care that would be most effective in addressing their oral health problems.
At DonEast Supreme Dental we’ve got your back. Just say the word, and we can offer a range of approaches and anaesthetics to help you relax and feel more comfortable.
Why is dental anxiety dangerous?
Dental anxiety causes people to avoid going to the dentist for long periods of time. This means that regular check-ups and cleanings don’t take place – and they are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Worse, possible problems with oral health are not identified and dealt with. Failure to have necessary dental care can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral conditions that can require tooth extractions, root canal therapy, or other extensive treatments.
This is why it is important to overcome your dental anxiety as soon as possible!
Causes of dental anxiety
Some people have dental anxiety rooted in bad early experiences – their fear of the dentist started when they were children. However, bad dental experiences are not common, and in most cases, dental anxiety is rooted in other causes. Sometimes, dental phobia is just a symptom of other issues such as the fear of losing control or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In some cases, the fear of local anesthetic or the sound of the tools leads to anxiety. The scientific names for this anxiety are odontophobia and dentophobia, and you don’t need to have experienced any dental trauma to feel this anxiety.
How can dental anxiety be treated?
There are various ways to address dental anxiety, and at DonEast Supreme Dental we are happy to work with you and find the answer that works best for you.
First, make and keep scheduled dental appointments. This will help acclimatise you to the dentist’s office and it is the best way to keep time in the dental chair to a minimum while also saving money and aggravation.
Second, come to our offices with strategies in mind. Use deep-breathing techniques and take advantage of opportunities in our office to provide a distraction through your appointment.
Bring a squeeze ball, listen to your favourite music, ask the doctor to narrate the procedure as it goes along or ask the assistant to talk about distracting things – ask the doctor not to talk if the chatter bothers you. Finally, have a signal agreed on if you want the treatment to slow down, or if you need to take a break.
Here are a few other good strategies that you can use to minimise your anxiety:
Bring a friend – Having a trusted companion can help you make decisions and remain calm. If you need reassurance, your friends and family will be there for you!
Rest up – Make sure you are fully rested before your appointment and avoid caffeine before your visit. Some patients prefer an appointment early in the morning, which allows less time to think about the appointment and become worried.
Relaxation – Practice controlled breathing through the nose by taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it out slowly. This can help you to relax your muscles and slow your heartbeat, both of which are shown to reduce anxiety.
Discuss your options – If you feel still have fear when you think of visiting a dentist, talk to us about available sedatives, numbing agents, or prescriptions that may or may not be appropriate for you. Our mission is to make you comfortable so we can ensure your optimal dental health
Talk to us about the options we recommend!
The DonEast Supreme Dental Difference
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we treat you like family – we treat our patients just as we would like to be treated ourselves. We offer the highest quality, caring dentistry in the Doncaster area. We provide an extensive range of dental services including preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dental options; and we offer them during extended evening and weekend hours.
We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and provide onsite parking for our patients.
Our Promotions Include
- GAP FREE: General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance) *for new patients only
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Call us on (03) 9842 1475 or visit us 1062 Doncaster Road in Doncaster East.