Does the thought of having to attend a dental check-up make you sweat? Are you a nervous dental patient?
In the UK, as many as 3 in 4 dental patients have listed feelings of anxiety and fear of judgement as being the key reasons as to why they rarely attend dental appointments. And, while this fear may be due to a poor dental team that you had in your past or a particularly painful dental experience, it can have a detrimental impact on your oral health.
If you avoid check-ups, oral issues can progress and when you finally have a dental examination, it can require more invasive procedures to correct them.
At Bramingham Dental, we take oral health very seriously and our dentist in Luton is eager to work with nervous or phobic dental patients. Using a myriad of tools, we aim to help you overcome your anxieties and phobias, enabling you to approach all check-ups as a simple part of your healthcare routine, rather than something that keeps you awake at night.
So, what does our dentist in Luton do to make appointments easier for nervous patients? Read on to find out!
Communication is key to cooperation and when you visit our dentist in Luton, they will work with you to help you feel more comfortable in the dental chair.
If you want to meet our team prior to having a clinical appointment, we can arrange for an introduction meeting, where you will be shown around our surgery and introduced to our team without any assessment or check-up taking place. You are in control and we will aim to accommodate your requirements to help you overcome your fear.
Many patients dislike the sound of the drill or indeed the noises that accompany many dental surgeries.
So, if you wish, you can bring in your phone or a headset to listen to your favourite music or even an audiobook. This will help to muffle the noise of the drill and will enable you to associate a pleasant experience with our check-ups rather than panic.
If you want to have a more removed experience in the dental chair, we can accommodate that too!
We can offer our more nervous dental patients inhalation sedation, which involves you breathing in nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) through a mask. This will provide you with a sensation of relaxation, while also allowing you to be able to respond to our team's instructions.
Post treatment, you will be able to go about your day as you had planned and will have a blurred recollection of the dental procedure.
We also offer intravenous (IV) sedation for those who want to be even more removed from their check-up.
Much like the laughing gas, this will help you to feel relaxed and will blur your memory of the treatment. However, after we have finished, you will need to refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours and will need someone to escort you home.