It’s no wonder why so many patients fear the dentist, as any trip to a health specialist can be daunting, particularly for anything more serious than a “routine” check-up. That’s why it’s unfair to call a fear of the dentist a “phobia” considering so many people have had unpleasant experiences in the past, making it even more important to find a dentist who understands you and can elevate any worries or concerns.
Whether a fully-fledged phobia or not, a survey by the British Dental Association (BDA) shows that a quarter of all patients suffer from anxiety before visiting the dentist. This could be due to many factors, including, as already above, previous bad experiences combined with the dental instruments and even the dentist themselves.
At Pittville Lawn our dentists understand that everyone’s fears are different. Dental phobias are unique to us all, but it is a problem we can help you overcome. We want you to feel relaxed and at ease every time you visit the dentist, so there’s nothing stopping you visiting us when problems do arise and you can get the best care possible. Avoiding dental care can have serious consequences on both health and confidence, so giving you peace of mind is our main priority.
How do we help?
Bedside manner is extremely important in any medical profession, and at Pittville Lawn we realise that putting patients at ease is of utmost importance. For more anxious patients, our friendly, caring team has been trained in techniques necessary to help nervous patients, such as sedation.
Our highly trained team do everything they can in order to help our patients relax. Our reception area is calm and tranquil with comfortable seats for our patients and their guests. We make a promise to see each and every patient as quickly as possible so you’re not dwelling on the appointment and there are plenty of newspapers and magazines to distract you in the meantime. We will are even happy to play calming music of your choice to help you relax while you wait.
Minimizing phobia with gentle dentistry and technique
Our staff talk to our patients and attempt to find the root of their anxieties, allowing them to gauge your needs while finding ways of allaying your fears. Understanding our patients and how they feel is of great importance to us and the best means of overcoming any phobias.
By maximising relaxation techniques such as using music of a patient’s choice and providing a good bedside manner, we help maintain a relaxed, safe and secure environment for all our patients. We believe that our approach to the patient is as important as our technical expertise, so from the moment the patient arrives we do our very best to ensure that they remain relaxed.
Getting to know and talking to our patients gives both the patient and the dentist a chance to discuss any particular needs, fears and the specifics of any treatment. We can then inform and guide the patient on a step-by-step basis through the treatment, how they will feel and what to expect. This can help boost the patient’s confidence and trust in their dentist.
Minimizing phobia with sedation dentistry and technology
Sedation is not often necessary, but whilst the human touch is vital, technology too plays an important role. Our skilled staff can carry out both intravenous or oral sedation whenever necessary to help even the most anxious patients ease into a more relaxed state.
Things You Can Try Yourself
There are a number of practical things you can do to help overcome nerves, including:
- Choosing a morning appointment – getting treatment out of the way early in the day can help prevent the build-up of nervous energy and over thinking.
- The 1st appointment is only a consultation. Remember that treatment will not likely take place straight away, and the first meeting is a chance to talk to your dentist, ask questions and find out more about follow up treatment options.
- Family and friends can help provide a reassuring hand so ask around and bring someone along with you.
- Asking others about their experiences can help, especially if they’ve had similar treatment.
- Create a “safety sign” with your dentist (e.g. a hand gesture), so the dentist knows if you are uncomfortable at any point during the procedure. This also helps give you control over your treatment.
- Small procedures such as cleaning and polishing can help you become accustomed to being at the dentist and getting treatment. It can also help build a rapport with your dentist.
We give our patients first-rate treatment, and we pride ourselves on keeping them happy and relaxed at through all stages of treatment, including aftercare. We combine cutting-edge technology with the best and most reliable relaxation techniques & friendly customer service to put your mind at rest and make your treatment smooth and successful.
I am writing to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation of your wonderful staff. I am a new patient and have struggled with a fear of dentists for as long as I can remember. However, I received professional, warm, compassionate care. Not only did they make me feel comfortable, they treated me with such compassion and has treated me like an individual. By the time I found your practice I was beginning to avoid necessary treatment due to fear, but you have reversed this for me. It takes more than mastering the technical skills to be a great dentist, it takes a great deal of attention, patience, understanding, compassion and warmth. The treatment I have received from you was truly gentle and I would recommend anyone to visit your surgery, the patient care is second to none.