Do you feel anxious or worried about visiting your dentist?
If you do, you are not alone, according to NHS Choices, 1 in 4 of us dreads a visit to the dentist. There are different reasons for being afraid or worried about visiting your dentist. It can be a fear of being hurt by the treatment or it can be the smell and sounds of the dentist, which could bring back bad childhood memories; whatever your reason for not wanting to visit your dentist, the good news is that many dentists now understand patients’ fears and this is true especially of the Stoke Bishop Dental Centre in Bristol.
The practice prides itself on its treatment of nervous patients and has had extensive experience of treating nervous patients over the years. They have seen a wide range of people with different levels of anxiety. They understand you may feel anxious about having dental treatment or you may have developed a phobia of the dentist, which has stopped you seeing the dentist altogether.
One of the things that really helps is to talk through the treatment that you will receive with the dentist or nurse as it helps the patient to know exactly what to expect. If you are still very concerned, they can offer intravenous sedation, which will keep you calm and relaxed but you will be awake and able to answer questions and respond to the dentist but you probably won’t remember much about the experience afterwards.
Dr Paul Wilson and Dr Jim Toms at Stoke Bishop Dental Centre are fully qualified to offer intravenous sedation, having acquired qualifications from the Society for Advancement in Sedation in Dentistry (SAAD). So, if you are one of the many people that has a fear of visiting your dentist, be assured that trips to the dentist are very different these days and that there is a greater understanding of these fears and phobias.
Top tips to ease dental fear
- Ask friends and family for dentist recommendations of a good dentist
- Pre visit the surgery
- Make a morning appointment so you don’t need to worry about it all day
- Take a friend with you to your appointment
- Arrange a sign, such as raising your hand with your dentist to signify you need a break during treatment
- Go for a hygiene appointment first to get used to the dental practice
- Take some music and earphones to help you relax
To book an appointment to visit Stoke Bishop Dental Centre, you can call them on 0117 968 4888 and discuss any fears you may have.
For further NHS information about fear of the dentist you can click here
Stoke Bishop Dental Centre
15 Druid Hill
Tel: 0117 968 4888