Fear Of The Dentist? How To Overcome Dental Anxiety
All of us at some stage in our lives have something which we fear or dread the most…Being afraid of the dentist or any dental treatment can be one of the biggest phobias, anxieties and is usually top of most people’s fear list, but what does this mean?
Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people it could be the thought that treatment will hurt (oh…those needles), the sounds (especially of the dreaded drill) and smells (so clinical) bring back memories of bad experiences at the dentist as a child or it could be that you have just had a bad experience with a dental clinician who maybe was not so sympathetic and a little heavy of hand. It is said one in four of us in the UK dreads a visit to the dentist but at the Marylebone Implant Centre we ask you please do not despair because thankfully these day there are many ways to overcome your fear with more and more dentists understanding their patient’s fears. Using a combination of kindness, gentleness and advanced techniques they can do a lot to make dental treatment stress free and ensure you have the dental treatment you require and deserve to give you that pain free healthy mouth which can help you smile your way back to happiness.
Here at the Marylebone Implant Centre we have years of experience dealing with patients who are extremely nervous or afraid and we understand that most people with dental phobias will contact a dental practice because their teeth do not look very nice any longer or they are in so much pain with toothache that they are at the end of their tethers. We find that this is most likely the first time patients have contacted a dental practice in years and therefore have not had any dental treatment in as many years, they just do not know where to begin. This is where are extremely experienced, trained, knowledgeable, understanding, professional staff play a pivotal role in our practice as they are our first point of contact for our patients and can listen and explain all of our procedures and treatments in a way to the patients that do not use dental jargon so it makes it much easier for the patient to understand their treatment from the very beginning.
If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 02034342934 or via email at [email protected] or on our online Chat forum at www.maryleboneimplantcentre.co.uk.
If you are one of those patients that has not seen a dentist for several years because of your fear or anxiety please rest assured that at the Marylebone Implant Centre we have done extensive training with our clinicians and staff to ensure they can reassure all our patients so they find their experience to be much more bearable than they may have been in days of yore…. Our patients find that they are listened to so that we can ensure that their needs are met in pleasant modern surgeries and surroundings in a professional sympathetic manner.
Nowadays you will find that in most practices and clinics those once very dental clinical smells that got right up your nose are no longer there and those dental sounds which brings back all of those child hood dental bad memories are gone due to advance high technology of dental equipment such as the giving of local anaesthesia, having fillings etc. were new dental products like numbing gel which can be used before giving anaesthetic, advanced modern dental equipment are nicer to look at, less noisy and can be completely pain free. Our surgeries and waiting areas are so much more comfortable and patient friendly, they can sometimes even look and feel more like your own front room than a waiting room with friendlier polite professional staff who are so much more approachable and much more knowledgeable.
Here is our check list of things to do to take those all important first steps and let us at the Marylebone Implant Centre help you put those fears and phobias behind you for good and get the smile you deserve.
- Do your research – Ask family and friends if they can recommend anyone or look on the internet where you will see pictures of the practice team and most websites will have testimonials from their other patients and will also state whether they are expert with nervous/anxious patients.
- Once you have found someone you think may be suitable have a chat on the phone with the reception staff then if you wish most practices/clinics will also be willing for you to visit the dental practice/clinic to meet with some of the staff and have a look around before you decide whether or not to meet with the clinician.
- Remember the first appointment will be for a consultation with the clinician so do not worry no treatment will be launched into without your consent. It is a chance for you to get to know the clinician and them you, remember you can always bring someone with you. The clinician will not rush you and will explain everything about the treatment they recommend to you fully and clearly and will give you a complete precise treatment plan to take away with you so you know from the very beginning what treatment you are going to have done, how many appointments are required over what period of time and a total costings of fees so that you have complete knowledge of everything which is going to take place and there are no hidden extras at a later date.
If you would like any further information on dental fear/anxiety or phobia please do not hesitate to contact our treatment co-ordinators Paula or Ciara at the Marylebone Implant Centre on 02034342934 or via our email at [email protected] or at www.maryleboneimplantcentre.co.uk