Let’s face it, a dental surgery is not everyone’s favourite place to relax. But where did this myth start?
Many people are fearful of being in the dental surgery, but why is this so?
Is it the fear of the unknown?
Did it begin with a bad experience as a child?
Do we not like the smell? the noise? or the “sterile environment”?
Whatever it may be, this phobia will not go away by hiding under a rock!
The best way to overcome your fear is to discuss your concerns with your dentist.
Experiences as a child may become distorted by time and reinforced by outdated media presentation of stereotypes. I still remember my experiences as a child, sitting in class when the dental van had made their yearly visits. A nice lady would come by the class room door to call out a list of names… to my great joy, I would not hear my name to be called out. Little did I know, the list of names were for kids who require simple dental assessments, and that there was a second list for those who needed fillings…
Next time you see me in the dental surgery, ask me of my child hood dental experiences… I’ve been through it all. Ironic how I ended up on the other side of the dental chair.
Much has changed, thanks to technology and education, and dentists are skilled professionals in dealing with patients who are apprehensive about seeking treatment.
This will obviously be two sided approach between you and your dentist and his/her staff. Communication is the key. You must feel comfortable expressing your fears and concerns and have a sense that you are being listened to.
There are various forms of anaesthesia and relaxation that can be used effectively to change your negative thoughts into a positive experience.
“Happy gas”, “laughing gas”, “relative analgesia”, “nitrous oxide” are all describe the same form of sedation which can be used for patients who are apprehensive of treatment done with local anaesthesia.
Just ask next time you’re in… we’ll be more than happy to help!