The fear of the dentist is often found among patients of all ages, and in some cases this fear turns into anxiety. Whether it is caused by unpleasant past experiences or simply because of the preconception that the dentist causes pain and pull out teeth, this fear is very common.
But the reality is completely different and that’s why we will try to eliminate these preconceptions, so that our clients come to the dentist with pleasure. Patient confidence, comfort and relaxation are part of the good practice of any dentist.
Dr. Florin Arhiri and the staff at Premier Smiles are happy to do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless, quick treatments.
You wonder what the most common fears of a dentist are?
We know that a visit to the dentist can often be overwhelming. It is said that approximately up to 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too scared. Receiving regular dental check ups and cleanings is very important. It is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.
Talk to the dentist – Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.
Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.
Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.