For those who have trouble facing the dentist

For those who have trouble facing the dentist

Having anxiety regarding visiting the dentist for both regular check-ups and for more complex treatments is not uncommon, so it falls on compassionate and understanding dental practices to offer ways in which their patients can overcome these feelings.

People can be nervous about visiting the dentist for a great number of reasons.  It could be due to a bad experience in the past or from hearing others speak about negative experiences.  This can stem from early childhood, which is why it is so important that adults are careful when discussing dentists with children around.

By introducing children early to the dentist and establishing good habits, there have been studies that suggest that this can reduce the amount of fear that an individual can experience later on in life.  They are more likely to continue with a routine of visiting a dentist which can reduce the amount of restorative dental work that may need as well.

Dealing with dental anxiety isn’t a pleasant feeling.  By speaking with a dental practice about this anxiety, tools can be offered to help ease patients into getting the treatment that they need in order to enjoy a fully functional and healthy smile.

What can be done?

Nervous patient programs are available as well as a free e-course which can be completed in seven days to give patients the tools that they need to work through their fears in their own time.  Alongside this information, sedation dentistry in Edinburgh can let both dentist and patient move through the treatment that is necessary quickly and easily so that they can experience a successful result.

How does this work?

There are two kinds of sedation available – a gas form and intravenously.  Both are safe and effective, and by speaking with a dentist prior to the treatment they can gain further information about the best option for them.

Dentists offer their patients a free twenty-minute consultation regarding sedation techniques so that any questions or concerns can be raised in a risk-free environment. Alternatively, if a patient is sure that they are interested in this method to reduce anxiety and get them through their treatment process, then they can book a full examination where a dentist and nurse will be present to perform a pre-sedation check.  After this, sedation will be available at the time when the restorative, cosmetic or preventive treatment is going to happen.

At the pre-sedation check, a short medical history form must be filled out and the dentist will need to ask a few questions in order to establish what they believe to be the best option for their patient.  They will also be able to provide a printed estimate of the expected costs of sedation so that the patient can consider this before approving the decision, and continuing on to creating their healthier smile in a more relaxed manner.