Relax, you’re with an understanding dentist

Being scared of going to the dentist is a lot more common than you might think. And when we say scared, what we really mean is phobic. More or less everyone is a bit nervous about going to the dentist for anything more than a check-up or a scale and polish.

Nervous Patients in EssexHowever, as dental researchers come up with more and better ways to treat people and manage pain, there is less need to get jittery before a treatment. That’s easy to appreciate if you are one of the 87% of people who don’t suffer from dental phobia. But if you are one of the 13% of people who do, you are going to be suffering far more than just a few twinges of fear.

Dental phobia is extreme fear of visiting the dentist. It can cause sweating, panic attacks, and such levels of fear that often sufferers prefer to take their chances with gum disease and tooth decay than visit the dentist.

But, here at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex, we are doing our best to give nervous patients a new experience of visiting the dentist.

We run a special nervous patients’ clinic to aid people with their phobia. At our dental clinic, we are all well trained in working with worried patients. What does that mean? Let’s take a look.

Firstly, we are very happy to talk to you in a consultation before your treatment to allow you to go over your worries before you even get into dentist’s chair. We want to make sure you will be relaxed throughout your treatment. If you need to take breaks, we are happy to pause.

Waiting can increase anxiety levels so we make sure you don’t have to spend too long in the waiting room by running our appointments on time. We have lots of ways to distract you during treatment and you can bring a friend or family member along with you.

We also offer cognitive behavioural therapy to help you deal with your anxious thoughts, and we can also use sedation while you are being treated so that you can deeply relax.

Come and have a chat to find out how we can help you.

Effectively treating nervous patients in Essex

Dental phobia is a condition affecting people of all ages. For most people, this does not stop them visiting the dentist and having regular treatment, but for some, dental phobia can be a serious problem. Whether you suffer from slight anxiety or incapacitating fear of the dentist, your comfort is our main priority.

Nervous Dental Patients in EssexAt Crofts Dental Practice, we have come to realise that many patients are not thrilled about dental treatment and we have made it one of our areas of expertise in treating nervous and anxious patients. We are here to listen to your concerns and offer the best treatment possible. Our dentists are not judgemental and will go the extra mile to make your visit a relaxed and positive experience.

What causes dental anxiety?

Most patients report that their dental fear began after a traumatic, difficult, or painful dental experience. Some people even lose sleep because their fear of the dentist is so strong. They worry about what will happen if they schedule a dental appointment. Patients whose teeth are in a bad state may also fear that they will be judged by their dentist.

However anxious a person is, there are ways of dealing with the problem. Our dentists are aware that nervous patients in Essex can feel uncomfortable throughout the procedure, and are trained to take your fears seriously and deal with them sensitively.

Options for nervous patients

At Crofts Dental Practice, we offer many options to make your dental experience as friendly and relaxing as possible. We offer a free consultation appointment with the dentist, during which you do not need to sit in the dentist’s chair while discussing your concerns. We are also available for advice over the phone.

We appreciate that sitting in the waiting room for long periods of time is not helpful with your anxiety, therefore we make sure that you won’t have to wait for long. You are also welcome to bring a friend or family member for support.

Our main services for nervous patients in Essex include cognitive behavioural therapy and inhalation sedation. We also offer intravenous (IV) sedation, for patients who are too nervous to undertake oral surgery.

Dental anxiety

There are several reasons why people may be nervous about visiting the dentist. It may be something as simple as the clinical smell of a dental practice that puts people off, or a previous bad experience that could have stayed with them for life.

nervous-dental-patientsThere are many millions of people that suffer from dental phobia. With 29% of us suffering from regular dental pain, it is important to face your anxieties, so these pains can be remedied before they become more serious.

Nervous patients at Crofts Dental Practice

Many patients feel nervous when they visit the dentist. All our dentists are qualified to treat patients who do not feel totally comfortable about the experience of a dental appointment.

All of the staff at Crofts Dental Practice are sensitive to the concerns of nervous patients and those with dental phobias. However, we understand that in certain circumstances, sedation may be a helpful option for those who are worried about their treatments.

Sedation can be used to assist in the process of several treatments and there are a number of different sedation options.

RA and IV sedation

For RA sedation, a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen is adjusted to suit each patient. Different people need a different mix of these gases to achieve a feeling of being warm, cosy and far away. We use a small soft sterile nosepiece for you to breathe through.

IV sedation will require an injection in the back of the hand. If you dislike needles, we can use the happy air first to relax you and reduce sensations and then the injection is quickly over without you noticing too much. Many people find this a great way to do it.

How does it feel?

You will certainly feel very calm. Most people also feel some other sensations, which can include warm and heavy feeling arms and legs, mild tingling in fingers and toes and a sense of feeling far away.

A lot of patients also recall voices and music appearing to become distant, combined with a sense of not minding being at the dentist anymore.

The sedation is just for relaxation. If you are having a treatment such as a filling, you will also require local anesthetic to numb the area being worked on.

How can cognitive behavioral therapy help at the dentist?

People with dental phobia tend to avoid visiting the dentist. They are therefore at risk of suffering more dental pain, poor oral health and a detrimental effect to their quality of life.Estimates from a recent Adult Dental Health Survey suggest that around one in 10 people experience extreme anxiety about seeing their dentist.

nervous-dental-patients-in-essexCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy that typically lasts 5— 10 sessions. The therapy has been shown to help with a range of psychological issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders and seems to be especially effective within dentistry. CBT interventions have been shown to be successful in reducing dental anxiety and increasing regular dental attendance.

People suffering with dental phobia are most commonly given sedation to allow them to become relaxed enough for a short period of time to have their dental treatment performed. CBT aims to make patients overcome their fears in the long term, rather than just as a temporary measure.

The primary aim of CBT at Crofts Dental Practice is to enable patients to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation, by working with each individual patient to set goals according to their priorities.

How does it work?

CBT is a form of talking therapy that directs patients to identify and evaluate thoughts and feelings. This approach is based on the underlying idea that dysfunctional thoughts, emotions and behaviors are the foundation of many psychiatric issues.

Treatment tends to be short-term, with the therapist training and instructing the patient on how to identify patterns of ‘automatic’ thoughts that cause distressing or unhelpful emotions like dental anxiety.

King’s College London Dental Institute did a survey about the success of dental CBT with99 women and 31 men.The researchers said that of all patients referred for a course of CBT, 79% went on to have dental treatment without the need for sedation and 6% had their dental treatment under sedation.

The survey found that the average number of CBT appointments required before a patient received dental treatment without sedation was just five.

Crofts Dental Practice in Essex could help you conquer your dental fear, so, why not give us a go?

Anxious about going to the dentist?

There are options available to help nervous patients. According to NHS Choices, 25% of us are anxious about visiting the dentist, luckily more dentists than ever before understand the fears some people may have, and there is a lot that can be done to relieve these fears. The Dental Health Foundation has a helpline that people can call to discuss a whole range of topics relating to oral health, they have been running for 15 years and have received over 350,000 enquires. Anxious patients are welcome to call the helpline to discuss any fears they may have, the foundation promises to give free and impartial advice.

nervous-patients-in-EssexWhat can be done to de-stress you

Many dental clinics, like Crofts Dental Practice, have options for nervous patients in Essex. Services we offer to relax patients include: a free consultation with a dentist to discuss any concerns you may have, reduced waiting times – as all of their appointment run on time – a friend or family member can assist you during any treatments, and you can watch TV or listen to music during treatments to help nervous patients in Essex feel more at ease. In addition, cognitive behavioural therapy offered by the practice has helped many people overcome their anxiety and fears, however, sedation is also an option at the clinic and there are two types of sedation offered to nervous patients in Essex: RA sedation is the use of gas and air to help patients relax, they will be awake and know what’s happening during the treatment,however it won’t concern them. The second type of sedation offered is IV sedation; patients will probably be unaware of what’s happening under this form of sedation but they will understand the dentist, and will be able to comply.

Crofts Dental Practice has a great amount of experience in working with nervous patients in Essex. If you’re afraid to go to the dentist and need some oral care, or if you want to finally overcome your fears, please don’t hesitate to call and speak to one of their members of staff who are all trained in dealing with nervous patients.

Scared of going to the dentist?

Well you’re not alone; many people suffer dental anxiety or dental phobia, according to Colgate Oral Care Centre. research has been done to determined why people feel this way concerning dentist, the most common answers include: the fear of being in pain (some people may have experienced this in earlier dental treatment), feeling like they are not in control, embarrassment of someone looking in their mouth (especially if they have concerns about the aesthetics of their teeth), and bad experiences they have had in the past. If any of this seems familiar to you, please know that you’re not alone; there are things that can be done to help you through this and make you feel more at ease.

nervous-dental-patientsHelping nervous patients in Essex

At Crofts Dental practice, weunderstand that many people have dental anxiety and dental phobia, and our staff are all trained and have experience in working with nervous patients and they offer options to help relaxation and de-stress when oral care is needed,for their nervous patients in Essex.Crofts Dental Practice offer a free consultation to anyone who is feeling anxious or scared, patients can speak to a dentist, and discuss their concerns without any judgements, they don’t even have to sit in a dental chair! If treatment is needed at the practice in Essex, nervous patients are more than welcome to have a family member or friend present during any treatments to help ease their anxiety. In addition to this, patients are able to watch TV, or listen to music during treatments, as the practice understands that familiarity can often help ease anxiety. Sometimes waiting for an event to take place is often what causes stress to many people, the clinic understands this, and ensures that all of its appointments are running according to schedule, this means nervous patients in Essex can avoid that anxious stage. Patients are even welcome to refreshments during any small waiting periods.

In addition to the ways previously mentioned in which Crofts Dental Practice can help relax its nervous patients in Essex, they also offer other options to help, such as: sedation and cognitive behavioural therapy. To find out more, don’t hesitate to contact the practice and discuss your concerns.