Do you suffer from dental anxiety or fear the dentist?
You’re not alone! Approximately one-third of New Zealanders experience some form of dental anxiety.
At Fraser Dental, our goal is to make your dental appointment a positive experience, no matter what level of anxiety you may be experiencing.
Understanding Dental Anxiety
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist, can range from mild nervousness to debilitating fear that leads to people avoiding the dentist for years. This can be a real issue for people, making it difficult for them to regularly see their dentist for treatment and avail of preventive dental care.
Causes of Dental Anxiety
There are many different factors that can contribute to dental anxiety. Many people have had a past traumatic experience at the dentist that has caused their fear. For others, the noise of dental drills or the smell of the clinic can be stress triggers.
People with Sensitive teeth may experience discomfort or even pain during routine procedures like teeth cleaning. Fear of pain, loss of control, and a phobia of needles are also common causes of dental anxiety.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety at Fraser Dental
If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, don’t hesitate to let your dentist or dental hygienist know. Sharing your concerns with us will allow us to navigate your anxiety triggers and make your procedure less stressful.
We offer a variety of options to help you manage your dental anxiety, including distractions, support from people, and having a signal for pausing. Understanding what happens at each step during the procedure can also alleviate your fears.
If the thought of pain is a major cause of your anxiety, rest assured that the latest anaesthetic medicines will ensure that your treatment is virtually painless. For standard teeth cleaning, we use numbing gel that works quickly and effectively relieves teeth sensitivity.
For most restorative dental procedures, local anaesthetics will be applied at the site, numbing the area for several hours.
Don’t let dental anxiety compromise your oral health. Contact us to discuss options to help you manage your dental anxiety and make your appointments a positive experience. Our friendly and professional team is here to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
At Fraser Dental, your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. Let us help you overcome your dental anxiety and achieve a happy smile!
Please contact us if you suffer from dental anxiety – we can discuss options to help you manage this so you do not need to compromise your oral health.