Simple Ways To Overcome Your Dental Fear

Simple Ways To Overcome Your Dental Fear

We are well aware that we are not everyone's favorite place to visit. It is no secret that many people break out in a cold sweat at the thought of having to come to the dentist. This can be for a number of reasons but is most likely due to a childhood incident that has left the patient traumatised. Few people look forward to a spell in the dentist chair but serious anxiety prevents millions of people from seeking proper preventative care. 

The consequences go far beyond dental pain or lost teeth. Gum disease is a serious infection that can affect other parts of the body. Studies now link gum disease to a number of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, with today's technology dentists are specially trained in handling fearful patients and a variety of methods and treatments are available to reduce pain and alleviate fear in the dentist chair.

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What can I do to overcome my fears? Here are some steps that may help you to overcome your fear. 

1: Be aware that your fear of the dentist is normal: There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed by your fear of the dentist. Do not be embarrassed to express your fear and phobia. It is our job to make you feel as comfortable as possible and we will take the necessary measures to ensure we do so. We suggest visiting the dentist on 6 monthly basis to maintain good oral health. Not going to the dentist regularly can lead to cavities, abscesses, broken or missing teeth and bad breath.

2: Write out your specific fears: We understand that you may be reluctant to admit that you have a phobia when visiting us. It may help to write out a list of what is causing you anxiety. You may not even be aware of your specific fears until you actually begin to think about it. If it helps bring this list to us we may be able to explain rationally what is causing your anxiety. 

3: Figure out the cause of your fears: Fear is often learned through experience or memory. Identifying the sources of your dental phobia can help you get into the proper frame of mind to start overcoming your phobia. If you are unable to identify a specific experience that is the source of your fear, it may be a dental horror story from a friend or family member. Thinking about the source of your phobia can help you gradually overcome the fear. Simply acknowledging your fears may be the only thing you need to overcome them. 

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4: Acknowledge that dental procedures have improved greatly: Before you take concrete steps to visit us it is important to understand that dental procedures have improved greatly in recent years. Understanding improvements in dental treatments may help alleviate your fears. There are many new methods for treating all sorts of dental issues. We also like to burn candles in our office which takes away that clinical smell and helps put you at ease. 

5: Locate the right dentist for you: The best way to find the right dentist for you is through family and friends and through booking an initial check up with a dentist to see if he/she is right for you. Let the receptionist know that you are a nervous patient and he/she will be able to book you in with the dentist who is most appropriate in dealing with your specific concerns. 

6: Schedule a consultation with us: Meeting and discussing your dental health and fears with a dentist can help you to feel more comfortable.  We are trained to make you feel comfortable in the dental chair and understand that patients do have anxieties. If there is anything you are unsure about or may not understand we recommend that you ask all the questions you need. Lastly, let us know what we may be able to do to make you more relaxed during your visit. 

The foundation of any good doctor-patient relationship is effective communication. Talking to your dentist before, during and after your procedure can help to minimise your fears. We will explain the procedure to you before we begin treatment in terms which you will be able to understand. Again if there is anything you do not understand we encourage you to ask.  

7. If at anytime you begin to feel uncomfortable raise a hand and we will stop: The more often you visit the dentist and have a positive experience, the more likely you will be to return. If at anytime you begin to feel uncomfortable raise a hand to let the dentist know you need a break. Treatments can also be broken up into a series of visits. 

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8: Distract yourself: If need be, bring your Ipod along to your appointment. Something as simple as playing your favorite music is enough to relax and distract you from the procedure. 

9: Bring a friend or family member along to your appointment for moral support: Consider taking a friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment. He/she can help to distract you from a procedure, and also may be able to calm you. If you are extremely nervous, ask the doctor if your friend or family member can accompany you into the treatment room. Having someone with you that you trust can also help to relax you. 

In conclusion, many patients avoid the dentist due to fear. This may be because they require complicated procedures which they may have been told by friends or family are "painful". By coming in for regular checks and cleans and making sure you adopt good oral hygiene habits you'll not only overcome your fear of the dentist but will minimise the risk of developing serious dental complications. 

Your Child's First Dental Visit

Your Child's First Dental Visit

Here at Cambridge City Dental, we believe in healthy smiles at every age.  Our dentists love working with children. During your child’s first visit to us, one of our expert dentists will discuss your little one’s background and oral health needs. Following this, we will evaluate your child’s smile and provide any educational or therapeutic services in a compassionate, understanding manner.

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Growing up with routine preventative care can help your child enjoy their future trips to the dentist as he or she grows up.

There are a number of times where parents ask, “When should my child see a dentist?” The simple answer to this question is “ the first visit by your child's first birthday".

The idea of such early dental visits is surprising to a lot of parents however, studies have shown that preschool aged children are developing a lot more cavities. To prevent early cavities, parents must first find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. Parents must also learn how to manage their child’s diet, oral hygiene, and fluoride use to prevent problems.

Cavities are not the only thing that parents must learn regarding their child’s dental health. The first dental visit lets the dentist and parents discuss how to properly care for their infant or toddlers mouth, the proper use of fluoride, oral habits, including thumb and finger sucking, ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth, teething milestones and developments and also the link between diet and oral health.

After, the first visit, the dentist will suggest a schedule or follow up visits. As a rule of thumb every 6 months is advised however this may vary depending on each child’s needs and risks.

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While our practice is more than happy to see infants, toddlers and young children in some cases your child may be referred to a pediatric dentist to care for their needs.

It is, however, important to take time out with your child to play “dentist” whether that be pretending to count teeth or reading your child stories about the dentist. Always make an appointment for a time when your child is well rested. Inform the dentist of any medical issues your child may have and openly discuss your questions and concerns.

It is very important not to convey anxiety about the dental visit to your child. Do not use words like hurt, scary, needle or drill around your child. It is normal for a child to cry a little at their first visit but we will always make sure to try and make the child feel as comfortable as possible. We will offer them a balloon or a toothbrush to win them over. We also let the child have a ride on the dental chair to make the experience as fun as we possibly can.

It is important to never force your child into the dental chair as 9 times out of 10 this is where phobias will start.

To book an appointment with Dr Tan Or Dr Juengling please click the link below. Alternatively you may also call us on 9382 8266.

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