Fear can be a very powerful thing. It can make us avoid situations, cause panic and nausea and in some cases cause a complete paralysis. Anyone who has experienced severe fear, or phobia, will tell you how distressing it can be and how much you try to avoid any situation that could cause an adverse reaction. In many cases of phobia, the object in question is easily avoided. Looking after your teeth is important and will hopefully help you avoid any nasty dental complications. But what if you are afraid of the dentist to the point you can’t ever bring yourself to visit for a check up or even more importantly, for treatment?
Dental phobia is a very real and damaging fear that prevents many thousands of people receiving the treatment they need to keep their teeth healthy. But there are ways to successfully overcome dental phobia without resorting to extreme measures. Many dental phobias are caused by past traumatic experiences. In many cases this occurred when the patient was child. It is important to realise that dentistry in the modern world is very different to how it was forty, thirty of even twenty years ago. Modern dentists are more attuned to the fear of many patients. They are specially trained to help patients overcome anxiety and will employ certain methods to help you obtain the treatment you need.
One of the simplest ways to overcome dental phobia is simply to talk to a dentist. This will often help to alleviate certain fears caused by not knowing what treatment involves. Other successful methods include teaching self-relaxation methods such as breathing exercises and also using calming aromatherapy. Ask your Shimla dentist about how you can overcome your fears.You can rest assured that you wont be the first nervous patient they have seen and they will be trained to help you relax and talk you through exactly what might happen during your appointment. Removing the element of the unexpected and knowing what to expect can be very useful to help you assuage your anxieties.
Sedation dentistry can be used on any patient who is anxious about receiving any kind of dental treatment, be it cosmetic or restorative. In some cases this can help the patient to overcome their fears once they realize that there is little or no extended pain involved in the dental procedures. Sedation dentistry can also be used on patients who suffer from very sensitive teeth and find normal treatment very painful. It can also be used for patients who have medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy.
The three main types of sedation are oral conscious sedation, inhalation sedation and intravenous sedation. Each will be used depending on the conditions and the needs of the patient. The dentist may also use local or general anaesthetic to numb specific areas of the body or mouth.
Dentists also offer relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and self-hypnosis to help patients conquer their fears. It has also recently been found that aromatherapy, particularly lavender oil, is very good at relaxing people before appointments. Whatever the reason or level of anxiety, there is a way to overcome it and receive the dental treatment that you require.