At Sensational Smiles, we are experienced in helping nervous patients overcome their fear of the dentist. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a common occurrence, and one we are very used to managing. Dental fear can come from a variety of sources, but it doesn’t have to get in the way of your oral health. In the following article, we’ll look at how to find a dentist for nervous patients.
Understanding and acknowledging your anxiety
One of the first steps to finding the right dentist for nervous patients is to understand the underlying reason why you are fearful of a visit. Is it the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office such as needles or drills? Is it because you are embarrassed that it’s been so long since you’ve been to a dentist? Or maybe you had a negative experience in the past that you don’t want to repeat?
No matter the cause of your fear, it is important to take steps to overcome it so you can schedule a dental visit and re-establish your oral health. Dental problems will not go away on their own. In fact, they often worsen without treatment, leading to serious and sometimes irreversible damage.
Step One – Ask people you trust for recommendations
Talking about your fear can induce anxiety, still it’s important to find people you trust such as family, close friends, or even your primary care doctor. Sharing your fears can often be a positive experience if you find out you aren’t alone, and they can often recommend a dentist who understands how you feel.
Step Two – Do your research
Once you’ve gotten a few referrals, it’s time to do some research on these dentists online. A quick google search can lead you to their website where you can learn more about the services they provide and read reviews. A word of caution when reading reviews – try to remember that reviews are strictly people’s opinions. Some things to look for include:
- See if the dentist offers sedation options such as conscious sedation, or even IV sedation.
- If fear of needles is one of your biggest anxieties, find out the options available for pain-free anaesthetic.
- Their approach to dealing with anxiety. Does the dentist truly understand the impact of dental fear and offer a calm, relaxing approach to helping patients overcome that anxiety?
Step Three – Reach out to the dentists you want to learn more about
You don’t have to walk into their office, simply start with a quick e-mail or phone call to find out how they help nervous patients. Begin by explaining your concerns and listen to their answers. This conversation can go a long way in determining if you think you would be comfortable consulting further with that dental practice.
Step Four – Book an appointment when you feel comfortable
The final step is booking that first consultation appointment with the dentist you feel most confident about. Have a close friend or family member come with you to help you go at your own pace. Overcoming dental anxiety isn’t always easy, but by taking small steps toward your goal, you will find a dentist who can help a nervous patient reclaim oral health.
Sensational Smiles helps nervous patients get comfortable in the dentist’s chair
Our dentists and dental team are experienced in working with nervous patients and will provide you with the help you need to make visiting the dentist as stress-free as possible. Some of the services we offer include:
- Topical anaesthetics to make sure the area is completely numb
- A soothing, relaxing environment
- Strategies to help you work through your anxiety and keep you calm
- A tour of the office during your consultation to put you at ease and make you comfortable with the team
If you’ve put off going to the dentist because you’re nervous, please call Sensational Smiles today at 020 8629 1433. Tell one of our staff members about your concerns because we have the experience to help you overcome your anxiety and get the dental care that you need and deserve. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and schedule a consultation appointment for you to come in and meet the team.