Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? Do you worry about revealing the state of your teeth to anyone? Or have you had a bad past experience with a dentist that you’re not yet over?
If the thought of visiting the dentist leaves you in a cold sweat, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that “high dental fear” affects almost one in six Australian adults – and up to one in ten kids.
Even more seriously, dental phobia (a very high fear of the dentist which significantly impacts on your life) is thought to affect about 5% of Australians. In turn, this phobia can lead to people avoiding seeing the dentist altogether, and letting any dental problems become much more serious than they need to be.
Anyone can be affected by dental anxiety. But the good news is that there are a number of things that you and the Renton Dental team in Paddington can do together, to reduce your anxiety and ensure your visit to the dentist is as smooth as possible – and yes, even enjoyable!
How we address your dental anxiety at Renton Dental
If you’re nervous about your visit with us, the first step to a more comfortable dental appointment is to simply let us know when you arrive. At Renton Dental we are never judgemental, either about your feelings or the state of your teeth. So if you’re worried about a lecture or a scolding about your oral health – don’t be!
Once our team know that you are nervous about your visit, we’ll do our utmost to help you relax and feel welcome. There are many ways the Renton Dental team can help you with your dental anxiety.
Techniques to help your dental nervousness
Firstly, our dentists use the ‘tell–show–do’ technique to ensure you’re happy and confident about your dental treatment. This means we will always begin by explaining what your treatment will involve (tell); then demonstrating the procedure (show). Only then, when you’re completely confident, will we actually move on to carrying out your procedure (do).
During longer dental procedures, we will be happy to stop for rest breaks when you need them. This gives you time to calm yourself and reassure you that you have control over your dental treatment.
To help you communicate with our dental team – even while your mouth is full! – we can pre-arrange a signal for you to use. This may be as simple as raising your hand, to let us know when you’d like a break from treatment. Knowing you have control in this way can be very important in helping calm your nerves.
Our team will be happy to help you use relaxation breathing. By taking slow, deep breaths, holding each breath for about 5 seconds, and slowly exhaling, you can reduce your heart rate and feel much more comfortable in the dental chair.
We can also help you take your mind off your procedure, by watching TV or a DVD on our chair-side screen during your dental treatment.
Dental sedation options for nervous patients
While we prefer to address your dental nervousness with open communication and the techniques described above, we understand that some patients may need sedation to be truly comfortable during their dental appointment.
If this is the case for you, Renton Dental’s team of dentists in Paddington may use sedation, such as nitrous oxide or anti-anxiety medication which we can prescribe to you prior to your treatment to help calm you.
If you do decide to make use of sedation, you will need to arrange for a family member or friend to bring you to and from your dentist’s appointment. In any case, if you are nervous it’s a great idea to bring a trusted person with you for support.
Naturally, Renton Dental’s dentists adhere to the Australian Dental Association’s guidelines for the use of sedation in dentistry, for your complete safety.
Ensuring open communication and building relationships
At Renton Dental our goal is to help you attain the best oral heath over the long term. To do this, we believe in establishing good two-way communication, building rapport with you, and aiming to create a trusting relationship over time.
We don’t simply look at the symptoms present in your mouth today; we also give you the advice and tips you need to look after your own oral health.
With his calm, reassuring manner, Dr Ian Renton will work with you to create a flexible dental treatment plan which addresses your individual needs. Where possible, we will consult with you to determine the order of your treatments, based on what you fear or consider most important.
Talk to Renton Dental for a more comfortable dental visit
Whether you’re worried about the appearance of your teeth… fearful of what your dentist will say… or you simply want to avoid pain, there’s no need to put off your visit to Renton Dental in Paddington.
Whatever good reason you’ve had for avoiding visiting the dentist:
- If you haven’t been able to afford dental treatment.
- If you’ve had a bad experience at the dentist in the past.
- If you’ve put off having treatment because of embarrassment.
- If you’re scared of what the dentist will say about your teeth.
- If you’re concerned about the possibility of pain.
At Renton Dental we see people like you every day. Solving our patients’ oral health issues – even longstanding dental problems – is exactly what we’re here for! Our professional team are dedicated to listening and understanding your issue, coming up with the right solution for you, and treating you as painlessly and straightforwardly as possible.
All we care about is improving your oral health, reducing your pain, and helping your smile to look its best. So whatever the state of your oral health, there is no need to put off your appointment with our caring, friendly dentists.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist affect your oral health. To find out more about how we can make your dental appointment an enjoyable experience, get in touch here or call our friendly Renton Dental team today on 07 3369 2340.