When you visit the dentist, you might feel nervous, anxious or even fearful when your appointment comes around. At Woodborough House, we cater for all our patients no matter how comfortable or unsettled they may be.
Dental Phobia affects 53% of the UK population. So, with over half of Brits feeling nervous about having their smiles taken care of, what can you do to feel more relaxed at the dentist?
Listen To Music
Did you know that you can listen to music while you’re in the dentist’s chair? You just have to ask! Listening to music has scientifically been proven to ease negative emotions, so your dentist should have no problem with you popping in your earphones during treatment.
Listening to music isn’t the only thing you should be asking about if you’re nervous. Often, people are fearful of the dentist because they don’t understand their treatment and don’t know what’s coming next.
The fear of the unknown is widespread, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can ask your dentist all of the questions you like to feel more comfortable and informed.
If there’s something that makes you uneasy and you feel like an explanation would help make you more at ease, then go ahead!
Tell Your Dentist
Many people fear the dentist’s chair because it’s somewhere they feel intensely out of control. You can take control of your dental appointment while receiving treatment.
All you have to do is let your dentist know you’re a little nervous; they should be able to suggest some tips for you. We find what helps our anxious patients is asking them to raise their hand when they feel particularly uncomfortable.
That way, the patient feels more in control, and we are fully informed of when they feel discomfort or just need to take a little break.
Find a Dental Phobia Certified Dentist
Dental Phobia certification is a big deal when it comes to nervous patients. If your current dentist isn’t dental phobia certified, then it might be time to look for one that is.
Don’t beat yourself up about being afraid of the dentist if your dentist doesn’t make any effort to make you more comfortable. Dental Phobia Certified dentists are officially recognised to have proven to go the extra mile for their nervous patients. It’s a no-brainer, right?
Find Your Certified Dentist
Here at Woodborough House, we’re proud to have a Dental Phobia Certified dentist on our team. Dr Sarah Fitzharris is an expert at reassuring nervous patients. Contact our clinic today to find out how Woodborough House can calm your nerves and get you the necessary treatment you need.
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