Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Dental phobia is the fear and anxiety experienced at the thought of any dental treatment, being in the company of a dentist, seeing a needle, hearing a drill, feeling embarrassed about an oral condition, attending a dental practice or even discussing any oral or teeth concerns. There are many types of dental phobia that our resident dentist can explain to you even over the phone or by email if needed.
A – The anxiety can develop courtesy a past dental experience that either frightened the patient, caused them to feel a loss of control or powerlessness during treatment, or caused them excessive pain accompanied with a sense of violation. The fears return with any mention of a dentist or oral hygiene concern because of these embedded feelings from the negative prior experience.
Sometimes simply lacking knowledge about dental treatments can cause patients to imagine the worst scenarios that exacerbates into fear. The manner in which dentists and dental procedures are sometimes portrayed on television can also aggravate these mental pictures and stimulate further anxiety.
A – More common types of dental phobias are fear of unsympathetic dentists, of attending a dental practice, of pain and needles, of choking, of violation and powerlessness, of being diagnosed, and of drilling and other treatments.
A – Dental phobia is most certainly treatable and it starts with identifying the type of fear you are experiencing and the causes. Our resident dentist is more than willing to address this with you, and if you wish, can do so by telephone or email at first. All options to treat dental phobia will be made available to you for understanding and for your own choice.
A – Common symptoms of dental phobia are either the starting signs of a panic attack or a full blown panic attack. Sweaty palms, heavy breathing, nausea, feeling dizzy, rapid heart rate and racing thoughts with fear or flashback images are symptoms of dental phobia. These symptoms can be experienced prior, during or after dental treatment.
Solutions can include counseling and professional empathetic help, having access to the right information about treatments, being offered pain-free choices by a sensitive dentist, relaxation techniques and therapies, learning to understand and manage the phobia, communicating with a dentist you get to know, and being willing to accept treat the phobia.
A – Recognising that your fears and anxieties about dental treatment is a start. After that you can call our practice, and our resident dentist can confidentially discuss your phobia(s) with you.
A – Treating dental phobia is vital for your mental health and total physical wellbeing so that you seek the painless comfortable dental treatments that you need to be healthy. Allowing plaque and tartar to develop can cause gum disease that can infect not only your gums and roots of your teeth, but the rest of your body. Losing teeth can cause your face to distort and affect what you look like. This can also have knock-on effects in relationship-development and also in first impressions, like job interviews.
A – Our resident dentist will take the time to sympathetically explain all these options to you that include information and advice, counseling, relaxation techniques and therapies, sedative products, pain-free treatments, and how understanding your phobia and alternatives can help you to feel more in control of your health.
A - The cost of dental treatment varies according to a patient’s oral condition. Treatments for phobia need to precede the dental treatment and our resident dentist will talk to you about these therapies, costs, payment methods, and how best you can be painlessly and sensitively helped so that you feel a sense of ownership over your health and treatments.