When people have anxiety about pain or about the dentist in general, they often opt for what is sometimes called sleep dentistry. The different styles of dental sedation are what make sleep dentistry possible, although not all sedation dentistry involves actual sleep, but some do. Find out about the options, then talk with your dentist about the right dental sedation for your next procedure.
The sound and appearance of dental tools seem downright frightening. When you walk into a dentist’s office, the whirr of a drill or the sharp hook of a device you can’t even describe can send chills down your spine. It can even cause some of us to fear the dentist, which makes for an unpleasant trip each time you have to go. However, there are ways to try to remedy the situation. By knowing what each tool does, you might be less anxious every time the dentist goes near your mouth. Here’s a brief guide to help you understand basic dental tools, and assist in calming your nerves and putting your mind at ease.
Many people have a fear of the dentist – ranging from mild to significant. They stress out about each visit and cannot get comfortable once they’re in the office. But us healthcare professionals responsible for your teeth understand your worries. We deal with this daily and have developed ways to lessen the stress. Here are six ways dentists calm you while you’re in the chair.
Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the pain they might feel as well as their vulnerability and potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry can definitely help patients feel more relaxed during dental work, but is it the right choice for you?
Read on to learn about sedation dentistry.
What happens during a typical checkup? Well, let us tell you all about it!
According to the Canadian Dental Association, about 80% of Canadians visit their dentist at least once each year for a regular dental checkup. However many people have little to no idea what is actually happening in their mouth while they’re in the dental chair.
Few people look forward to their trips to the dentist, but perhaps for you it’s more than that. Even though most dental procedures are pain-free, you may have nightmares of dental drills or even feel stressed at the thought of having a basic hygiene appointment.
You are not alone. According to Statistics Canada a whopping 40% of Canadians have some fear of going to the dentist.
But not to worry – this is manageable! Read on to find out why so many people have a fear of the dentist, and to discover some tips that may help you conquer it.
Dear current and future patients,
This is a letter to those of you who dread the thought of going to the dentist. We know there are a lot of you out there, and we really and truly empathize with your concerns.
Fear of the dentist is known as odontophobia, dentophobia, or more casually as dental anxiety. As dental professionals, and not mental health professionals, our focus isn’t as much on why people are afraid of the dentist, but instead on what we can do for those who are, so that they can receive compassionate and effective treatment.
My First Dental Experience…
When I was young, I hated the dentist. Even before I had any reason to, it scared me as much as anything I could think of. I cannot remember the first time it occurred to me, that I was scared of the dentist, it might have been a friend, or something I saw on television, or just the idea of letting a stranger poke around in my mouth. Whatever it was, it didn’t bode well for my first experience at the dentist office.
Where I grew up there was a travelling dental bus, not a full fledged clinic. The two communities it served were rural and too far away to warrant a home base. And so there was the bus, and one doctor who moved between them. The doctor was good at his job, but he was a single dentist servicing patients of all ages and he wasn’t ready for a six year old who had serious dental anxiety.
Are you afraid of needles or just frustrated at the lack of options when you go to the dentist? You might even be one of those patients who tries to turn down anaesthetizing needles just because you don’t like the thought of them. If this sounds familiar, take heart: a new technology is here that uses a nasal spray to numb people at the dentist. This technology hasn’t yet been approved, but the potential is exciting for many Canadians who suffer from phobias or anxiety surrounding injections.
A fear or phobia of the dentist is a big reason why people avoid their regular check-up and cleaning appointments, which can have a big effect on their oral health. Dental fears can also be passed down from parent to child.
Not taking proper care of your teeth can have an effect on your gums and teeth; affecting your smile, ability to chew your food, or your speech. Poor oral health can also affect your overall health.