Managing your dental anxiety to benefit your oral health.
At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we see many patients who are anxious about their dental visit. Although they are far from alone, this usually does little to alleviate the way that they feel.
Thankfully, most patients who suffer from dental anxiety do still manage to attend their appointments. This helps to ensure that most treatments that are needed are relatively minor as problems can usually be caught at an early stage before too much damage has been done to the teeth or gums.
What though, of those whose fear is so significant that they have either not attended their local dental practice for many years or whose attendance is sporadic at the very best?
Whether or not these ‘absent’ patients brush and floss efficiently; by not attending the dental practice for regular check ups, or treatment where needed, the likelihood is that their oral health will deteriorate over a period of time.
This deterioration may be due to dental decay or, quite commonly, gum disease in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss.
It should also be remembered that dentists are in the front line to detect potential indications of oral cancers and, especially if you are a smoker, ensuring you visit a dentist could even save your life.
Managing your anxiety
We appreciate that there are different degrees of dental anxiety and whilst some patients experience only mild symptoms of anxiety; for others, it can border on genuine fear or phobia.
This is unfortunate but, given the importance of good oral health care, it is still essential that patients attend appointments. Failure to do so may well result in more invasive (and potentially uncomfortable) procedures being needed later on as problems become more advanced.
At our Clapham dental practice, we are able to offer a wide range of services which are designed to help set our patient’s at ease whatever the level of fear they are experiencing.
If you have not seen a dentist for a while, or are experiencing some problems with your teeth or gums, please do not ignore this. Even if you feel that there is nothing that can be done about your fear of dentists or dental treatment, please call us and see what we can offer to help you.
To contact us about nervous patient support, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060 and we will do all that we can to help you through your fears and ensure that you receive any dental care that is needed.