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Why are People Really Scared of Their Chiswick Dentist?

A phobia of going to the dentist is extremely common and many people simply refuse to make a dentist appointment through genuine fear.  There are many different parts of the dental experience that affect those with a phobia.  From embarrassment, gagging, pain, needles, right through to the dentist drill, all forms of dental phobia incite fear.

The misconception that going to see your Chiswick dentist will automatically result in pain is one of the biggest phobias. Enhanced by dental horror stories the fiction is now believed to be fact and many refuse to visit the dentist for fear that they will suffer the same fate. In reality, however, modern dentistry includes minimal pain with all types of anaesthetics available.  There will be some discomfort with certain treatments, but certainly nothing to fear.

The use of needles, drills and other various instruments is very frightening for those with a phobia.  The idea of needles is too much to bear for some, however, they are essential to relieving pain during dental treatments.  Dentists now apply a numbing gel before using a needle, so patients won’t feel a thing.  In relation to the use of instruments, many people will gag when a dentist goes near their mouth as part of their panic. It is important to breathe through your nose to stop this, with throat numbing sprays and nasal sprays also recommended.

One main cause of dental phobia is the feeling of a complete lack of control that the patient feels whilst undergoing treatment.  Not knowing what is going on and being unable to change anything may strike fear and panic into some patients.  However, should you speak to your dentist about this, they will do everything possible to keep everything calm and comfortable for you.  From taking things slowly, explaining the procedures and even arranging stop signals – all will be taken care of.

Embarrassment is often an excuse for not going to the dentist, and many who feel their teeth are particularly bad won’t want to be treated.  It is important to know that professional dentists will not make you feel uncomfortable in any way and all they do is best for the patient’s health and comfort.

As you can see the phobia of dentists is a diverse problem.  Every person that suffers with the phobia is different in terms of what makes him or her fear the dentist. Discussing your problems with your dentist is always the best option and they can tailor treatment to your needs and requirements.

Don’t dodge the dental cleaning

When it comes to fears and phobias the dentist probably scores highly in the rankings. There are many people that have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the dentist chair. There are far too many people that completely avoid their check-ups for years purely through their dentist chair phobia. Unfortunately there is only one place you will end up as a result of check-up dodging and that place is the dentist chair – it’s a vicious circle!

Your regular six-monthly or yearly check up will usually consist of a quick look around your mouth; maybe a simple x-ray to check for decay; checking for signs of gum disease; and a straightforward cleaning to remove the built up plaque and tartar that if left to fester will cause problems for your teeth. Which part of this sounds painful? The answer is none of it.

Facing Your Fear

The key to breaking your dentist dodging habit is to face your fear – go through that door, sit in that chair; think of your happy place whilst the dentist does their job and I guarantee that you will come out alive and better still with a smile to be proud of.

A dental cleaning, although it can seem to some like unnecessary torture, is a very important part of your oral hygiene routine; you (hopefully) wouldn’t wake up in a morning and not brush your teeth and in the same way you shouldn’t let your check-ups pass by without biting the bullet. Over time it is unavoidable that plaque and tartar will build up around your teeth and gums and a dental cleaning is the only way to remove this build-up.

A dental cleaning is pretty straightforward and usually contains three steps. Firstly, your dentist will use a vibrating instrument that breaks up large pieces of tartar and washes them away with a mist of water – this part is completely painless and the whirring sound of the instrument makes it seem a much bigger deal than it really is. This will be followed by the scaling tool which is a smaller instrument used to scrape the smaller, tougher pieces of tartar from your teeth – this is probably the most uncomfortable part of the procedure but it is very rarely painful. The final step is the polishing which is completely painless and leaves your teeth feeling squeaky clean.

The reality is that there is nothing to fear when it comes to dentist day. Regular cleanings will keep plaque and tartar build-up to a minimum meaning that future cleanings will not require much elbow grease to remove the small amount of tartar that has collected. Regular dental cleanings will also keep your oral health in tip top condition and prevent a number of more serious health problems both oral and physical such as gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer; heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Sparkle Dental Boutique are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile

Most dentist phobes will read this and continue the dentist dodging game they’ve come to master over the years but the truth is that the mundane dental cleaning is not the torture trail it is made out to be. You will be in and out of the dentist chair before you know it and you can tell the people of Chiswick you faced your fear and rose victorious from the ashes.

Are you Dental Phobic?

Many people feel nervous or anxious when they visit their dental practice. Sweaty palms, a racing heart as you lie down in the dental chair. Does this sound familiar? If yes, you’re probably suffering from dental phobia.

At Sparkle Dental Boutique, Chiswick our comfortable surroundings, relaxing environment and friendly team can help you to overcome any unnecessary fears and anxiety.

Dr Sunita Verma, Principal says `One of the main reasons why people don’t get the dental care they deserve is because of anxiety, fear and dental phobia. At Sparkle, we understand and appreciate our patients concerns, and continually work to help them over come them.’

Jillian, a patient who recently came to the practice and who had not seen a dentist for 26 years says `I would like to thank all the team at Sparkle. Everyone was so lovely to me and thanks to Sunita, my awful fear of the dentist has gone…and also the lovely relaxing atmosphere really helped.”

At Sparkle, we offer many dental distractions including music, a relaxation room with massage chair, a waterwall, dvds, aromatherapy candles, whilst having treatment, which help to keep you smiling!

Sunita goes on to say, `With the latest technologies and techniques that we offer, there is no need to feel any discomfort during your dental visit. If you are anxious about injections, the sounds and smells that you associate with a dental practice, or just having someone look in your mouth, then talk to us. We find communication is key and all patients are welcome to pop in and meet the team and have a tour of the boutique before they see me.’