Addressing Dental Anxiety

anxiety1 Addressing Dental Anxiety 

Dental Anxiety – A Frequent Cause of Oral Hygiene Neglection

Whilst it’s common for people to be a little wary of dental work (with images of drills and other painful looking implements imbedded in our cultural consciousness) it can be seriously detrimental to your oral hygiene and, by extension, your overall health to neglect scheduling regular checkup.

Indeed, in severe cases a sufferer might avoid going to seek a dentist’s services, even when experiencing severe pain. Obviously, as well as the sheer discomfort of the situation, this also puts you at a much higher risk of suffering from gum disease, early tooth loss or any number of other potentially serious problems as time goes by.

There are a variety of reasons you might feel anxious about getting dental treatment. Pain is a common concern, with many people, especially those under 24, worried that the treatment they require will hurt. Whilst, some procedures can be uncomfortable, it’s worth noting that dentistry is continually advancing and many treatments that may have hurt in the past can now be done without the patient noticing any unpleasant sensations.

A Pleasant Dentist is Half a Job Done:

You may find it extremely helpful to talk to friends and family members. If they have had similar experiences they may be able to point you towards helpful resources they’ve used themselves. Though they may not be your first port of call, one of the places you’re most likely to find useful advice is actually from a dentist.

Many dentists actually specialize in treating people who suffer from dental anxiety. Looking online for such a practice and going in to talk about your problems can help push things forward. If your phobia prevents you from being able to take these initial steps, then you may have to look to your GP for help instead. They may be able to put you forward to a professional specialising in cognitive behavioral therapy; a technique that can be used to change the way you think about certain aspects of life that has been successfully used to treat a wide range of conditions from insomnia to eating disorders.

Multimedia – Every Dentist’s and Teacher’s Friend

Video presentations have been in practice for a long time, and they are more than just an effective way of presenting information, they engage other senses and ways of learning. They can also be fine-tuned so as the information that comes out is more suited to the audience at hand, let’s say, patients with serious anxiety, those with a more realistic approach, and of course, children.

This might take the form of using mental concentration to focus on something else, or it could be a tangible distraction. For example, depending on the facilities available at the practice in question, you might be able to watch a DVD of a favorite film or listen to some music or an audio book. If you’re wrapped up in a good story, you may barely even notice the dentist at work.

Fear Not the Pain That Need Not Be There

As discussed above, arming yourself with more knowledge about what will be happening is a good tactic. Simply ask as many questions as you like before time to ensure that you are completely in the know with regards to your procedure.

Dental anxiety is very common and even people who don’t feel a need to avoid treatment are often a little nervy when visiting a dentist. Yours will have experience of dealing with patients that aren’t entirely at ease. The best course of action is to speak your dentist and make the situation clear.