Dental anxiety is very common – but we can help!
If you find that you are becoming increasingly anxious when your dental appointment is due, don’t worry, you are most certainly not alone. It is thought that around half of the UK has similar feelings, with a significant few experiencing them to such a degree that they may cancel an appointment unless the pain is unbearable.
Whilst we may be able to understand exactly why we need to receive dental treatment, deep-seated, often illogical concerns can prevent us from doing so. Whatever the reason though, the team at Elmfield House Dental Practice are here to help you have as stress-free an appointment as possible.
A few facts
Before we discuss how we can help you, there are a few pieces of information which you may find useful. Firstly, one of the biggest fear factors is the idea that treatment will be painful. Modern local anaesthesia means that you will not feel actual pain during a procedure, although some minor discomfort is possible. In most cases, what people experience is the anticipation of pain, and very rarely pain itself.
The ‘injection’ can be off putting for some patients but it is necessary to numb the area, for obvious reasons. Some patients may believe that it hurts when the needle is inserted into the gum, but this brief discomfort is mainly caused by the anaesthetic entering the bloodstream and not by the needle itself.
The high pitched sound of a drill is probably the one which causes the greatest anxiety amongst dental patients. This whining sound though is caused by the high rotational speeds of the drill, but it is this that allows procedures to progress quickly and effectively. Less noise would mean lower speeds and more discomfort.
Our friendly dentists and sedation options
From the moment that you enter our Teddington dental practice, our team will do all that they can to help you to relax. The friendly greeting from our receptionists is sometimes enough for some patients to start to feel more at ease. Our dentists work in a calm and relaxing manner and will explain the procedure in more detail if you wish. You will be given instructions on how to signal if you need to take a beak during a procedure to compose yourself before it continues.
For those whose dental anxiety is very high, and also for those due to undergo a lengthier procedure, such as tooth implant placement, we offer the option of dental sedation to help you relax. This can be administered orally or intravenously. Unlike the ‘gas’ of old, this will not put you to sleep, but into a deep relaxed state whilst fully conscious. Many patients also tell us that time seems to pass much faster when under sedation.
The sedative will remain in your system for around 24 hours and it is therefore important that a) you bring a responsible adult to drive you home afterwards and b) you do not drive or use equipment at work that might be affected by this for a day or so.
If you are a nervous dental patient and would like to discuss how we can help you to receive either routine examinations or a specific treatment, please call our Teddington practice today on 020 8614 1995.