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.
A recent study done by scientists at the Rey Luan Carlos University of Madrid showed an interesting link between a parent’s fear and comfort level at the dentist and their children’s fear and comfort level at the dentist.
Researchers interviewed 183 children between 7-12 years of age and found that parents play an important role in how their children feel at the dentist’s office. During a dental appointment, a child will look to their parents on how to act and feel towards their dentist.
Sedation dentistry can be administered orally, through an I.V. or by inhaling nitrous oxide gas before and during a dental appointment. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to lose a certain level of consciousness throughout the procedure, helping them to relax and remain comfortable. It works great for patients who are scared of the dentist or who need to have a complicated procedure done.
Dentists generally have a bad reputation. Expressions such as “It’s like pulling teeth” and “I’d rather get a root canal” are proof that doing something painful and hard is often compared to going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist is shown as something to be endured, not enjoyed.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – and we at the 123Dentist Community Dentist Network certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients. But don’t just take our word for it!