How to Beat Fear of the Dentist and Get Back to Oral Health

Dental CareFear of the dentist isn’t a rare thing; in fact, approximately one in ten UK adults is so scared of the dentist that they put off regular dental check-ups, which can allow their oral health to fall into disrepair. Fortunately, in this day and age, there are numerous ways to beat dental anxiety once and for all to help you get back to a healthy condition.

The whole team at Smylife in Manchester is sympathetic to the needs of nervous dental patients, and understands how crippling such anxiety can be. A dentist or other member of the team will be happy to talk through your fears, discuss the vast improvements that have occurred in the dental world in recent years, and will work with you to find your personal route back to health.

Dental phobia has numerous causes. Often, a bad experience during childhood is cited, which is why it is important to bring your children to visit a friendly, experienced children’s dentist from a young age.

Other people are triggered by a variety of items in the practice environment – the sight of a needle, the sound of a drill, the smell or feel of Latex gloves. Fear of being judged or fear of what future treatment may be needed are also common, so finding a dentist with whom you can build a relationship of trust is vital.

Useful tips for nervous patients include:

  • Developing a hand signal so you can instantly tell your dentist if you need to take a break. This won’t hold the dentist up, because ample time is built in to your appointment for you to take a breather.
  • Bringing a trusted friend to your appointment. They can come into the surgery with you.
  • Using counselling or hypnotherapy to address the root cause of your fear.
  • Listening to music during treatment.

For those who need extra help to relax, conscious sedation is an excellent option. This involves using oral, inhaled, or intravenous sedatives to induce a deep state of relaxation.

Dental sedation is provided by fully qualified professionals, and you will be monitored at all times during treatment. A friend or family member will need to drive you home afterwards.