While it has been somewhat mocked for many years, having a phobia or fear of attending a dental check-up is nothing to laugh about.
For many nervous patients, the idea of simply getting into the dental chair can be daunting enough, let alone undertaking a check-up. Sadly, such phobias and anxieties can cause people to avoid attending biannual visits to their dental team which in turn, can cause more issues with their dental health.
Luckily, this trend has not gone unnoticed, causing many dental teams to begin practising a more compassionate approach towards those who have dental phobias. And, should you find the overall process of a dental examination too much, there are now numerous ways that dental teams can relax your nerves, allowing you to feel safe in their care.
At Dentist on Glasgow, our team are proud of the options we have in place to help our more nervous patients to feel relaxed. Our dentist for Whanganui New Zealand will discuss with you what you feel you need before the clinical side of the appointment begins, allowing you to take control of the pace. Perfect!
But what are some of the options that our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand has to offer those who are worried about attending a check-up?
Mentioned briefly before, our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand will be more than happy to meet with you for a non-clinical talk before any treatment begins.
The advantage of this? It allows you to get to know our team and vice versa while discussing any treatments that you have had in the past. It also removes any of the concerns you may have about our team being judgmental towards your dental issues. Remember, our team takes dental phobias very seriously and will work with you towards alleviating any concerns that you may have in the long-term.
Therefore, when it comes to the day of your general check-up, you will be more familiar with our team and will feel more relaxed.
Does music relax you? Does the sound of the dental drill make you nervous?
As we know the impact that music can have on someone's mood if you feel that listening to a calming tune will alleviate your anxiety, feel free to bring a headset in.
While you listen to that relaxing melody, audiobook or guided meditation on your headphones, our team will be able to assess your mouth and begin your treatment. Perfect!
Of course, if you have a more severe case of dental phobia, we can help with that too.
By injecting a powerful sedative drug, usually midazolam, we will be able to instantly calm your nerves. As this medication results in temporary amnesia, you will have no recollection of the procedure after it has happened, but you will be able to respond to our dental teams' instructions.
Be aware, that following IV sedation, you should have someone to escort you home afterwards, and you should not operate heavy machinery.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.