Does the thought of going to the dentist make you feel nervous, anxious or afraid? Have you ever avoided an appointment because of fear or anxiety? If so, you aren’t alone. At our Sydney CBD clinic, our experienced professionals have treated many people who experience anxiety about receiving dental care. While some level of nervousness is perfectly normal and common, it can become a problem if it causes you to avoid treatment that’s necessary for maintaining your oral health. Dental anxiety can have many causes, and some people may be hesitant to bring it up. We find that some people are hesitant to tell us about fear or nervousness because they don’t want to make a “big deal” of it or may not know that discussing it openly is an option. We’re here to help. If you’re feeling anxious, especially if your anxiety has ever caused you to avoid necessary dental care, please let us know when scheduling your appointment. This is the first step toward making your visit as comfortable as we can.
How can we help with dental anxiety?
There are many different techniques for managing dental anxiety. Because you’re an individual with your own concerns and comfort levels, the right techniques will depend on, well… you! Our dentists can work with you to determine a personalised approach. For example, some people experience a greater amount of anxiety when they don’t feel in control of what’s happening during the appointment. In that case, we can work with you to establish gestures or hand signals so that your dentist knows to stop if you’re feeling uncomfortable or wanting a break. We can also give you more detailed explanations of what we’re doing as we go through each step of your treatment or exam. Another example is anxiety that’s heightened by the sounds of certain dental equipment. Some patients benefit from headphones or listening to their favourite music, which we’re happy to accommodate! In short, there are many ways to help people of all ages and backgrounds manage dental anxiety. Please get in touch with our team to find out more or to schedule an appointment.
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