Facing Your Dental Fears

Facing Your Dental Fears

Modern dentistry has come a long, long way.

It is a fair assumption that few people actually look forward to their dental appointment, unless perhaps they are excited about getting a brand new smile. For the majority, there is a realisation that this is a necessary oral health check that will help them to have healthy teeth and gums, and hopefully prevent any serious oral health issues from developing.

For other patients, a dental visit can be a nerve wracking experience. Even though we do our best to help patients to relax at the Foxhall Dental Practice, it is inevitable that some will struggle to overcome their anxieties.

Why do we worry?

Our mouth is very close to all of our key senses; sight, sound, smell etc. This means that we experience all these senses very closely when having our mouth examined or having treatment. We may well also have heard tales from other dental phobic patients about how painful their treatment was. In most cases, this is likely to be exaggerated to some degree and the fact is that feeling pain during any procedure is unlikely. Given the effectiveness of modern anaesthetics and precision dental tools, pain is very unlikely, although a mild level of discomfort is quite possible for some more complex treatments. For most patients though, it is likely to be an unfounded fear of imminent pain, rather than any real discomfort.

Historical dentistry

It is worth remembering that the dentists at our Ipswich practice are all highly skilled and have undergone years of training to enable them to perform the treatments that they do. We also maintain ongoing training to keep up to date with the latest developments in dental care.

Compare this with dental care in the past and you hopefully you won’t feel as concerned. Before dentists became a regular feature in the UK, dental care amounted to looking after your teeth as best as you could, and when a tooth became so decayed that it was causing pain, guess who it was that extracted it in many cases? No, it wasn’t a dentist, as they didn’t exist for the vast majority of people. It was usually the village blacksmith, the same person that shod the local horses!

Even later, when dental care became more common, a quick glance at dental tools of the time reveal a far less sophisticated approach to oral health care than now exists. If this was the dental care that existed now, even our own dentists would probably think twice!

Dental anxiety support

If you live in the Ipswich area and haven’t seen a dentist for some time due to your anxieties, why not pop along to our practice to have an informal chat with one of our dentists? We do understand patient’s anxieties and are more than happy to see how we can help you to relax sufficiently to have any treatment necessary. The calm manner of our team will help you to feel more confident and hopefully enable you to have regular dental care to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

To arrange an initial discussion with us, please call the Foxhall Dental Practice on 01473 258396.