September 25th, 2014
One of the main reasons people suffer serious anxiety from dental phobia is the fear of needles and injections. If you avoid going to the dentist because you can’t stand the thought of needles, we are here to help you overcome your fears and feel more comfortable when you see a dentist in the future.
Other possible causes of dental phobia include a fear of pain, fear of the unknown and negative experiences in the past. Some patients also avoid going to the dentist because they are highly embarrassed and fearful about the state of their teeth and their oral health status. Whatever your reason for anxiety, our highly experienced dental team can help to ease your fears and enable you to feel confident and comfortable when you need dental treatment.
What can we do for phobic patients?
At London Bridge Dental Practice we do everything we can to make our patients feel relaxed and our dentists have many years of experience of caring for nervous patients under their belts. From offering an ear to listen to concerns and worries and taking time to explain what is going to happen, when, to using the latest techniques to prevent pain, our dentists are here to help and support you.
We offer the latest treatments and use state of the art technology to produce excellent results with minimal pain and we can also carry out dental treatment under sedation.
We want our patients to be able to have the treatment they want or need without going through episodes of anxiety or stress. It’s important to see a dentist on a regular basis for health reasons, so if you’ve avoided the dentist for years or you’re battling dental pain on a regular basis, call us now and let us help you.
June 14th, 2014
Whenever you sit down in the dentist’s chair, you are instantly throwing your trust into a professional who is going to probe around in the inside your mouth; it is instantly assumed that this person knows what they are doing and for some of the more nervous of you out there in central London, it can take a huge leap of faith to go through this.
One of the best ways of getting to trust your dentist is to learn all you can about what treatments and procedures are on offer so that you can get more involved; getting to know your dentist more will also help, so the more you are treated by the same person, the more relaxed your will become. However, all dentists have the same remit and work by the same rules; all dentists are equally qualified to work on you in a professional way so you are always going to be in safe hands. All of these factors are important to take on board because you rely on your dentist to check for things that may have gone wrong and if so, fix them up again.
Aside from this, a dentist can keep your teeth clean and polished and offer you advice about a range of topics which are important to your oral health: oral health relies not only on brushing and cleaning your teeth properly each day; the foods and drinks you put in your mouth, your overall diet and problems such as smoking and drinking are all issues that a dentist can advise you on. So you see you really do need a dentist in your life to rely on.
October 12th, 2013
If you are finding dental treatments very uncomfortable each time you sit back in the chair in London SE1, it could be that you are suffering from a little dental anxiety. It may not prevent you from getting to see your dentist, but it won’t make your visits easy and it may also make it hard for your dentist to treat you as well. During your next appointment, you should have this out and chat about what it is that gets you so worried: dentists understand all aspects of anxiety and can employ relaxations techniques in order to make you comfortable each time you pay a visit. You will also find that modern treatments are a lot less frightening than they once were- less painful as well. Of course for more serious anxiety problems, hypnotism or meditation can help you in extreme cases; you also have the option of local anaesthetics or the luxury of being put under completely for more intricate procedures. If you can find a way to get through this and learn how to combat your anxiety, it can also help you get through other anxieties in life.
July 12th, 2012
Dental phobias can range from a sense of mild anxiety to dangerous inability to visit dentists at all. Whatever form it takes, your London SE1 dentist understands and can help you overcome your fears. If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety you should can mention this to your dentist on the phone before you ever step foot inside the office. Your dentist will then takes extra care with you and try and put you at ease.
A lot of dental phobias stem from childhood experience. Maybe the child had a traumatic experience with a dental treatment or the dentist was not considerate. It is important to remember that in the last decade or two dental practices have changed a great deal. New technologies have made checkups and treatments much easier, safer and quicker than ever before. Drills are quieter and efficient and cause very little discomfort. Modern anaesthetics mean that you feel no pain and have only very limited side effects.
There are several things that can help with dental phobias. Ask your dentist if you could come and visit without having a check up. It’ll give you a chance to look around the environment and it’ll most likely dispel any old fashioned notions of dentists you may have. For people with dental anxiety it is recommended to go for an early morning appointment, this means you have less time throughout the day to build up your anxiety. Remember that your first check up will only involve looking, they will not do any work or treatments on your teeth or gums but simply inspect how your teeth look. Since it can be difficult to talk when having your teeth inspected, agree a sign or hand gesture with your dentist to signal that you’d like them to stop.
February 24th, 2011
One of the biggest problems confronting dentists in the south east of London today, is dealing with a nervous patient- simply because they can seriously hinder administering the treatments that the patient requires. It’s no party if you suffer from dental phobias either. However this problem has arisen, maybe out of personal dental experiences to you or others around you, it needs to be confronted and overcome to keep your mouth healthy. It’s important to build a rapport with your dentist so that you both gain each others trust. Expressing your fears to your dentist will build a bond between and allow you both to plan a way forward for your treatments. Ignorance to dental procedures is a big factor here, because if as a patient, you are aware of what’s involved with your treatments, you can have a say in how they are carried out. Many dentists are versed in the art of relaxation techniques and sedation dentistry and will be able to offer you anything from hypnotherapy to drugs to quell any anxieties you may have and to make your visit as comfortable and as painless as possible. Most dental problems arise from people’s fear of dental procedures and getting the correct treatment they require, hence they tend not to, until a real emergency arises.