Monday, 11 February 2013

Are you a nervous patient?

If you feel apprehensive about a trip to the dentist, what can you do?
The first thing to realise is that you're not alone.  Most people do not put a visit to the dentist high on their list of enjoyable activities and feel anything from mild apprension to more serious panic prior to an appointment.  So what can you do?

The first thing to remember is that dental check ups don't hurt and maintaining regular visits will ensure that any problems can be spotted early on.

Secondly, dentists cannot treat you without your consent; you can withdraw your consent at any time and, before giving your consent, you should ask the dentist to explain anything you're not sure about.

Thirdly, modern anaesthetics are very good and can be administered with minimum discomfort.

Finally, the majority of dentists are very good at dealing with nervous patients but if you feel at all uncomfortable with a particular dentist, it is very easy to change to one who you feel happier being treated by.

It is possible to have dental treatment carried out under sedation.  Opinions are divided on the benefits of this; whilst it can help you get through the treatment with little or no sensation or recollection of what was done, some dentists argue that it doesn't really address the core phobia in the same way that a caring and gentle dentist would show that dental treatment is nothing to fear.

At AllClear, we are aware the needs and concerns of nervous patients and treat them gently and with understanding.  In addition, all of the AllClear team are, at one time or another, dental patients themselves and know that there is no need to be afraid of a trip to the dentist.  If you'd like to know more about the treatment of nervous patients at AllClear, call in, phone 020 8688 3869 or see our website.

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