Are you looking for pain free dentistry?
If you have dental anxiety, fear of the dentist or hate the sight of needles you are not alone. Research has shown that dental anxiety affects nearly 25% of the population. Anxiety can present in many forms such as a few gentle butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, dry mouth, as well as an increase in pulse rate and blood pressure. We are here to help. We understand our patients’ needs and take time to listen to you and provide gentle pain free dental care.
The most commonly reported causes of anxiety are:
- Fear of pain or the sight of instruments
- Feeling of helplessness or loss of control
- Embarrassment – feeling ashamed about the condition of the mouth
- Negative past experiences
- Mis-information often through sources such as word of mouth or the internet
- Lack of information about dental treatment or procedures
- The fear of cost or the unknown
Dental phobia is a more severe form of anxiety and often leads to avoidance of the dentist altogether. In these cases, people only attend when the pain reaches a severe level. Dental phobia is a treatable condition and requires a slow, methodical gentle approach with the help of a person suitably trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We have access to a psychologist at the practice.
If you suffer from any form of dental anxiety, fear or phobia, we are here to help.
We have taken a special interest in helping people with anxiety to overcome their fears and enjoy a standard of oral health that we would want for ourselves and our family. You can read about the experiences of other patients here.
The first steps in overcoming anxiety is to know that you’re in a clean, safe caring environment where you can feel comfortable to express how you are feeling, without embarrassment.
By taking the time to listen to your fears and understanding your needs, we are able to tailor dental care specifically for you.
We use a “Tell, Show, Do’ technique to inform you about everything that is happening whilst ensuring that at each stage a simple raised hand signal indicates “STOP” putting you firmly in control.
We take great care in explaining everything we do before doing it, use photography, diagrams and plain simple language so that you have a full understanding of what is happening without any unexpected surprises.
We always aim to carry out dental treatment in a calming environment using numbing gel and painless anaesthetic techniques to provide a positive experience.
Pain free dentistry should be the norm not the exception.
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