You know the drill – what to do if you fear the drill - National Dental Care
Dental phobias are common, but they cause unnecessary suffering and expense. Some people might recall exactly what made them scared, but others have no real idea. Some anxiety can be passed on if a parent had a bad experience and has always spoken of dentists with fear. But remember, dental treatments have improved vastly compared to what your mum or dad experienced.

How many people are afraid to go to the dentist?

More than ten per cent of people have a serious fear of visiting the dentist. They will put up with broken teeth, infected gums and nagging pain rather than get it sorted in the dentist’s chair. And you’d be surprised who is afraid of the dental drill. Plenty of blokes would rather make all kinds of excuses than admit they need dental treatment.

Why our dentists can help

All National Dental Care dentists understand people who are anxious to downright phobic, and take pride in making people comfortable in the dental chair. Because dental anxiety is so common, dentists are trained in treating anxious patients. The first step is to make an appointment and explain your fears. For some, it’s a general fear of treatment, but for other people it’s the dental drill, or an injection. Your National Dental Care dentist has options for all of these scenarios and will work with you, so you can get your treatments and checkups.

Overcoming fear of the dentist

Your National Dental Care dentist will be able to explain your options for dental examinations and treatments at your first visit. If you haven’t been to a dentist for years, a new dentist who takes the time to explain everything may be enough to help you begin treatment.

For others it might be that ‘happy gas’, is needed to calm the patient even for a dental examination. If you have a fear of injections, using The Wand can help, as it delivers a computer-controlled level of anesthetic, guaranteed to be slow and steady. Others will opt for ‘twilight dentistry’ or sleep dentistry for treatments – you will be conscious during the treatment, but not recall anything once it’s completed. Soon after you will be safe to drive home.

If you have a large number of treatments needing to be done urgently, general anesthesia might be an option. Whatever your anxiety issues, your National Dental Care practitioner is waiting to help you. You can book online now.

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