Fear of the dentist, the aptly named dentophobia, is one of the most reported phobias across the globe.
There are many reasons why people develop a fear of the dentist; a strong gag reflex, an unpleasant memory from early childhood or fear of judgement.
While these are all understandable, avoiding the dentist for extended periods of time can lead to issues occurring in your mouth. Things that could have been easily fixed, like plaque removal, become problems like tooth decay and gum disease, which require more complicated treatment to resolve.
Our dentists in Mascot are specially trained to help nervous patients and can offer a sympathetic and practical approach to help you manage the dental chair.
How we can help calm your nerves
A survey performed on a focus group of fearful dental patients found that the majority were concerned about judgement from the dentist. They were worried that the dentist would be appalled with the condition of their teeth and give them a stern talking to about their failings as a patient.
While this was once commonplace among dentists, it is unhelpful and prevents the patient from coming back. Dentists today are more understanding and compassionate, our dentists in Mascot do not judge our patients and will not give you a lecture.
Indeed, many dental professionals are trained in how to help the most phobic patients manage their check-ups and further treatments; our dentists in Mascot want to make any dental procedure as easy as possible for you, so you can see the benefits of regular dental visits.
In the event that a calming atmosphere is not enough, we offer a range of practical solutions to help you undergo any dental work. If you feel you will be unable to cope with a scheduled extraction, talk to our dental team and we will be able to offer you one of the following options.
An easy solution if you need mild sedation is to seek a prescription sedative from your local doctor. This will calm your nerves and make it easier for you to manage your
anxieties. Prescription sedatives are very powerful, so it is best to have someone to come with you to the dental procedure to ensure you are safe afterwards.
Another option is IV sedation. This involves a needle being inserted and inducing a dreamlike state. This has the benefit of making you calmer, but also conscious enough to co-operate with the dentist. It also blocks your memory of the procedure, so any issues that may have occurred will not be remembered. Your pulse, breathing and blood pressure will need to be monitored during IV sedation.
If IV sedation is not an option due to medication or if specifically requested, we can also provide an anaesthetic to put you to sleep during the procedure.
This is typically performed at our day surgery and not on site.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.