Dental phobias are common. People can be so afraid of going to the dentist that they neglect their teeth worsening their anxiety.
Here at Parklands Dental Practice, we understand how nervous some patients feel. Our caring and compassionate dental and healthcare professionals work with you to help you overcome your fears.
What causes nervous patients?
Each nervous patient may have a different reason for their dental anxiety. Some may have past bad experiences, perhaps during childhood. Others may have extremely sensitive teeth or a gag reflex. Still, others may have a fear of needles or simply do not like the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental surgery.
How can you help me overcome my nervousness?
Our healthcare team is trained and experienced in helping nervous patients overcome their fear of the dentist.
We take the time to thoroughly explain what will happen during your visit and answer all your questions and concerns.
We also use a variety of techniques to help put you at ease:
Air abrasion (dentistry without a drill)
Acclimatisation by carrying out small/simple procedures first to make you comfortable with us
Do you have any suggestions to help me overcome my fear?
We have seen patients successfully employ one or more of these anxiety-reduction strategies to alleviate their nervousness:
Arrive early for your appointment and engage in a destress ritual like listening to music or reading while you wait to see your dentist. We have an 8-foot fish tank in our waiting room to help soothe your anxieties.
Avoid caffeine and sugar the day of your visit.
Have a signal for your dentist to pause treatment so you can take a short break.
Bring headphones to your visit so you can listen to your own music during treatment.