Fear of the Dentist in Erskineville is No Barrier to TreatmentOctober 12, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Dental
Fear of the dentist is very common. Around 11% of adults worldwide experience dental phobia, which can prevent them from booking regular check-ups for maintenance. It becomes a vicious cycle: someone is afraid of going to the dentist, so they don’t book a check-up. Oral health problems occur, and their teeth become painful. Now they are even more scared of going to surgery, in fear of the restorative work that now needs to be done. Teeth get even more painful and, in some cases, can even become loose.
It doesn’t have to be this way. A visit to the dentist in Erskineville can be an easy going, even pain-free experience. Modern practices in the local area, such as the Healthy Smile Centre, have many techniques on offer for helping nervous patients to feel at ease.
First up, is a warm welcome. So much of the fear we feel is created in mind, when it doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Being greeted in a friendly way as soon as a patient walks into the surgery immediately puts the mind at ease. Reception and administration staff can then give an overview of what treatments are on offer, how the practice works, background on the dentists’ skills and qualifications, all of which set the scene and give the mind information to chew on.
Next up is the empathetic ear of the dentist in Erskineville. At the initial consultation, the dentist will ask a new patient about their dental history, how they feel about their teeth, if there is anything they would like to change, and listen to any concerns they may have.
After the examination, the dentist in Erskineville will provide a treatment plan with a full overview of costs, so the patient can see what their insurance will cover. If the patient has a fear of physical pain, needles or surgery, many dental clinics will offer conscious sedation. This can be taken in the form of a gas or tablet if the patient has difficulty with needles. It can be given as an injection if not. The sedation is in addition to anaesthetic and it soothes the nervous system, leaving the patient awake but deeply relaxed.