If the prospect of visiting the dentist fills you with dread, you’re certainly not alone. Statistics show that 1 in 4 people are affected by dental phobia.
A good dentist will understand these fears, however many practices have procedures in place to minimise stress for their patients.
Karen Coates, a dental adviser at the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), says:
“Some people have such bad dental phobia that they haven’t seen a dentist for years. It’s common for us to hear from someone in their twenties or thirties or even older who hasn’t been to the dentist since childhood.”
She says that “most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery,” but adds that, these days, it’s “altogether a gentler experience… Even drills aren’t as noisy as they used to be.”
How has technology helped to hide this fear?
Technological advances have improved the patient experience in a number of ways – anaesthetics can now be delivered without any pain, for example, and sedation is also an option for nervous patients.
If you want to talk about your fears or have questions about a particular dental treatment, you can call the BDHF’s dental helpline on 0845 063 1188.
They can advise you on meditation, breathing techniques, and other ways of relaxing and dealing with your fear.
Dental practices that offer treatments for anxious patients
The Perfect Smile based in Hertfordshire offers a calming experience for all anxious patients. A warm friendly atmosphere means you will feel comfortable whilst being treated a dental expert.
Complimentary services offered at The Perfect Smile Studios:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Lunch in Relaxation Lounge
- Soothing Music
- Hand Treatments
- Movies & 3D Glasses