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Dental Phobia / Apprehension

Q: I have a phobia of the dentists and am worried about making an appointment. What shall I do?

A: For one-in-four people in the United Kingdom, apprehension towards visiting the dentist can cause them to be reluctant to make an appointment for a check-up. If you consider yourself to be one of the quarter of the population that suffers from this form of anxiety towards the dentist, it is important for you to know that, while studying to become a dentist, professionals are given extensive training on how to help nervous patients and make them fell more at-ease whilst in the practice and during consultations and treatments.

Q: What is it about the dentists that makes people worried about going to see them?

A: People often associate the dentists with pain. This connection has been long-standing, yet when you consider the reality of a visit to the dentist, it is largely inaccurate. There are a significant number of measures throughout modern dentistry that can be taken in order to nullify any potential pain in the small number of possible cases during which it may be experienced. These include anaesthesia and numbing gels, which will be recommended as required.

Q: Is there anything I can do to change my the worries I have about going to the dentist?

A: We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the dentist before making an appointment with them so that you feel as comfortable as possible when visiting in future. You are more than welcome to come and see us at any of our six Instore Dental practices in order to be introduced to the team and to get to know the people you will see when you come in for your dental care.

Q: Should I book my appointment early in the day if I am worried about it?

A: The logic behind this is that an appointment earlier in the day will mean that you do not spend as much time worrying about it throughout the day. This is useful advice, but only if you can be sure you won't lose sleep on the night before!

Q: I have a phobia of drills and needles, what advice can you give me?

A: What is absolutely vital for you to remember is that there are only a few dental treatments which the necessitate the use of such equipment, and so it is by no means a certainty that you will require any treatments involving them when you visit us for your check-up.

Q: I really want to visit Instore Dental for a consultation for cosmetic dental treatment, but my fear of the dentist is preventing me from booking an appointment. What shall I do?

A: This is a common problem. Instore Dental would recommend that you enquire about the possibility undergoing one of the less intensive treatments initially, so that you can gain some experience of what it is like to receive treatments from the dentist. For example, why not arrange a painless treatment such as a scale and polish? Once you feel that you are more comfortable with the idea of receiving dental treatment, you will then be in a much better position to progress to other treatments if necessary.

Q: Because of my worry about the pain that I associate with going to the dentist, I have never had a dental appointment. How can I overcome this and what advice can you give me?

A: This may seem like a strange answer, but the best way to alleviate your worry about going to the dentist is actually to book a consultation. You can use your time with the dentist to discuss the way you feel and to get some expert advice. The dentist can then approach your dental assessment in a manner which is appropriate to you. In circumstances whereby further treatment is recommended, the dentist can recommend a course of action on a basis that is relevant to the concerns you have expressed.