There are many people who are terrified of the dentist. Just the thought of paying their dentist a visit fills them with fear. What they are actually afraid of is pain and discomfort which sometimes happens when an anaesthetic has worn off. Thousands of people avoid seeing a dentist on a regular basis because of these fears and this then increases the number of dental problems they may have. More dental problems means more treatment needed and this leads to more trauma for the patient.
So what is the answer? Introducing children at a very young age to the dentist is important. Making dental hygiene a priority for children and dental visits the norm will ensure they don't develop any fears as they grow. It's usually when a patient hasn't seen a dentist in a while that they develop oral problems that have been left too late to be treated easily which means more extensive treatment is needed which may be uncomfortable.
However, what about those individuals who have this fear already, what can we do as dentists to help patients?
Dental hypnosis is becoming more and more common in the UK. Considered a very effect way of overcoming dental phobias it also alleviates anxiety and other worries about visits to the dentist. Many dentists say that dental hypnosis improves the quality of the dental service given as dentists can feel a patient's anxiety which sometimes makes the dentist feel tense. When a patient is relaxed the dentist can focus more easily and do the procedure better.
There are several dental organisations in the UK that offer special courses for dental professionals to master and use hypnosis in their work. The Institute of Hypnotherapy for Medical and Dental Practice is one of the most popular and highly respected and is located in London.
When working with patients who have dental fears and phobias hypnosis can really help in calming individuals down and relieving and anxieties they may have.
If you need to see a dentist but have worries or concerns call the dentist here at The Smile Centre UK who will consult with you and discuss any fears you may have.
Call 0844 3098 177 or enquire online and we will call you back.