Does the thought of visiting the dentist leave you cold with fear? Are you avoiding dental treatment, even if you’re in pain, because you simply can’t face sitting in the dentist’s chair? Perhaps a childhood experience of visiting the dentist has put you off for life?
You’re not alone.
According to the British Dental Association, three to five per cent of adults in western societies suffer from dental phobia with an additional 40% having dental fear. The figures could even be higher as many of us would prefer not to discuss our phobias and may be suffering in silence.
There are lots of choices for nervous patients
In the past, the attitude to nervous patients and dental fear was that you simply had to grin and bear it or forego dental treatment altogether. The consequences of this were understandably dire for the patient.
Even today, nervous patients with a dental phobia or dental fear may miss out on the essential treatment they need, compromising not only their oral health but their overall well-being, because they are too frightened to register with and see a dentist.
The most important thing is for you to know is that you have choices.
At Fresh Dental Care, nervous patients have nothing to fear.
The good news is that, if you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, there is lots that we can do at Fresh Dental Care to help and support you.
From the moment you step into the waiting room, you’ll realise how important your comfort and relaxation are to us. From the fresh, welcoming colours to the friendly smiles of our staff, we do everything that we can to put you at ease.
Sometimes nervous patients just need to talk and be heard
In our experience, many of the hurdles you face as a nervous patient can be overcome by having the time and space to discuss your fears with your dentist. If you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you’re anxious about drill sounds or injections, for example, there is lots that we can do to put your mind at ease.
We are always happy to explain a procedure in advance, so you understanding what’s happening as fear of the unknown can be a major problem with dental fear. You are very welcome to bring music in to listen to during your treatment and we can suggest ways to tackle feelings of claustrophobia in the dentist’s chair.
When you need a little more help to relax
The right solution is waiting for you
Even if you don’t currently have a dental problem, it’s important that you attend regular dental check-ups to ensure that you maintain your optimum dental health. If you are a nervous patient and worried about coming in to Fresh Dental Care for a check-up, please give us a call on 01622 761067 and one of our experienced staff will be happy to talk through your concerns and help you find the best solution.