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Ways That Private Dentists Can Stop Dental Phobia and Anxiety

Three out of four people suffer from dental phobia and anxieties. The reasons could be anything from a needle to getting close with the dentist to show your teeth. Croydon family dentist is a clinic full of professionals that will treat our patients without any judgment.

Because of the fear, a lot of people ignore their basic oral hygiene. With time, their teeth will start to deteriorate, causing more health issues.

A professional dentist knows that every patient is different; therefore, treating everyone individually is mandatory. Researchers say that more people are suffering from dental issues because of their dental phobia and anxiety.

How to check for a dental phobia

Before dealing with any anxiety, you first need to know if you have one. If you are avoiding the dentist, you are most likely afraid or anxious.

Common reasons for dental phobias - If you are unaware of dental phobias, this article is perfect for you as it will give you an insight.

Childhood dental experience - Chances are that you may have had some bad experiences at the dentist from when you were little which have scarred you for life. You must realise that if you don’t overcome the dental fear, you will never have a great looking smile. Not only that, your overall health is also likely to be affected.

Painful dental experience - No patient likes to experience pain while they are treated. The fear of pain often puts off patients from visiting the dentist. It is amongst the most common reasons for irregular visits to the dentist.

Poor self-esteem - If you have a bad breath, you are likely to avoid any social interaction, which includes not visiting the dentist.

These fears are all in our mind. We create these fears and phobias that affect our health really bad. Steps should be taken to eliminate them completely or else.

Let’s talk about the strategies that can help you from getting rid of your dental phobias:

Dental Needle

I fear of needles the most and am pretty sure you fear from them too. Everyone, infact, at some point has feared the needle.

Needle phobia is part of a group of specific phobias of blood-injection-injury. Needle phobia can run in your family and so you can have needle phobia. People inheriting the needle phobia from their genes can experience a loss of blood pressure and can also faint when they see the needle.

Try to make a list of these options before getting straight into the surgery:

  • Topical anesthesia - this will numb you completely and you won’t feel any pain after that. It’s also called as “numbing gel”, has helped a lot of people fighting with their phobias.
  • Painless injections - These injections look like a wand with a small needle which looks like a pen. It helps in delivering the anesthesia in a small proportion and is given slowly, making it comfortable for you to deal with the pain.

Inquire your local dentist in croydon and check if they provide these services.

  • Additional anesthetic options - there is a variety of anesthetic options available for you.
  • Relative anesthetic - have you heard of happy gas? It’s a term for nitrous oxide used as an anaesthetic. In small quantity, it relaxes the patient so much that they do not feel any pain.

Nitrous oxide is mixed with pure oxygen and air, thus making the patient more comfortable by relieving him/her from the pain. A nasal inhaler is used in dental surgery which is gently placed over the patient’s nose making him sedate.

Your dentist will advise you to inhale the gas for two to three minutes. Once the patient starts feeling general relaxation, the dentist can be sure to proceed with the treatment.

IV Sedation

This is a drug which contains anti-anxiety or sedative components and is released into the bloodstream. This gives a deep relaxation.

The question is, do we still be aware of our surroundings?


The drugs used for IV sedation produces either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug is injected until it wears off completely.

You will not experience any pain during the procedure. A lot of people tend to forget everything that had happened. It may also appear that you have fallen asleep during the procedure and that you wake up remembering nothing.

I can see the relaxation in your eyes reading this!

General anaesthetic

It will put you to sleep. A deep slumber! Just like the sleeping beauty. GA makes you completely unconscious. Although the procedure sounds good, like everything, it has some disadvantages too.

  • GA will depress the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. For some medically compromised patients, it’s unsuitable for dental procedures. Private dentist in Croydon acknowledges the patients before attempting for GA.
  • Costs more than a general dental treatment.

Anesthesia is performed for cases like surgeries. For dental work like fillings, such heavy drugs are not used.

Dental Hypnosis

Some dental applications of hypnosis are- a strong gag reflex, treating chronic facial pain and addressing unwanted habits such as teeth grinding.

Laser Dentistry

The sound of the drilling application can freak out many patients. That’s why dental lasers have come to the rescue. Dental lasers work by delivering high energy light.

Dental lasers are used for:

?    Replacing the dental drill to treat tooth decay.
?    Periodontal conditions caused by chronic inflammation.
?    Reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
?    Teeth whitening

Work with your fear. Don’t avoid them. Take the steps now or else you will regret it forever. Talk to your croydon family dentist and ask how they will help you manage any dental phobias before and during the treatment.

  7 Feb 2019