Why do I fear the dentist?
This is a very important question, people can be afraid of the dentist for different reasons. These can be fear of pain, fear of loss of control, fear of an accident and many more reasons. Fortunately, in this modern day and age dentists understand these fears and take steps to ensure minimal invasiveness to ease nervous patients. A good example would be the iTero Scanner this scanner allows dentists to take a digital impression of your teeth, whereas previously, the dentist would have to take a physical mould of your teeth.
How do I choose a dentist?
Check out their website, some dental practices understand that you may be visiting their site to find out more about the people and the practice rather than the specific treatment. Rai Dental Surgery & Associates is a good example of this. You will find on their homepage that you get to learn a bit about the principal dentist and if you are to navigate to their ‘About’ Page then you can see that they even touch on trying to keep the practice as relaxing and stress-free as possible!
Keep an eye out for some dental practice that even specialise in treating nervous patients!
Try asking a friend or a colleague that is also nervous at the dentist where they would recommend. This is usually a quick and easy way to find a practice that is good with nervous patients.
What should I tell the dental team?
Be completely honest about how nervous you are. A lot of patients are anxious about needles, and if you’re open and honest about this, they may apply a numbing gel. This numbing gel will numb the area so you cannot feel the needle.
Need more help?
Try the Dental Helpline! They offer free and impartial advice. with opening hours between 9:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday.