If you are one of the people who break into a cold sweat when you are reminded that it is time to attend a dental check-up, rest assured, you are not alone!
Dental phobias and anxieties are commonplace in the UK, with as many as 1 in 4 patients mentioning that they have some kind of worries when it is time to attend a check-up.
But, there is a distinct difference between worries and phobias and sadly, as many as 1 in 7 dental patients have at some time reported feeling phobic of attending a dental appointment. There is now a more compassionate approach in dental care, meaning that even the most nervous of patients can be catered for, making your next trip to your dental surgery a relaxing one.
When you come to Apple Dental Studio, our dentist in Pinner will relax your nerves by offering you one of our many relaxation techniques. We do not take dental phobias or fears lightly and will aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible while in our care. Our team will also help you to overcome your fears longterm, by working with you to help you become more at ease when in the dental chair. Perfect!
But what are some of the relaxation techniques that our dentist in Pinner can offer you? Read on to find out!
First things first, when you are planning to attend our surgery, let our receptionist team know that you have anxieties about seeing our dentist in Pinner.
If you are exceedingly anxious, we may be able to invite you in for a non-clinical meeting with our team, so we can discuss treatment with you and offer you emotional support. As mentioned before, we take phobias very seriously and want to help you to feel at ease in our surgery.
Once you are in the dental chair (well done!), our team will work with you on communication.
If you feel you need a break during treatment, we can work on a series of hand signals so our team will know when to stop and when you need to stretch your legs.
Does the sound of the drill worry you?
If so, our team will be happy for you to listen to a headset with your favourite music, an audiobook or even a guided meditation. This will help you to focus on something else and will ease your nerves.
If you feel you need a bit more help, we can happily offer you intravenous (IV) sedation.
You will however need to bring along a friend or family member to accompany you, and you will need to refrain from operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.
We can refer you to a local day hospital if you want to be completely ‘out’ during your dental treatment. You will need to bring someone with you to escort you home and you must not drive or drink alcohol for 24 hours at least.