Don’t be afraid of the dentist!
Regular visits to the dentist including prophylaxis are important for health. However, many people are afraid of these dates. Dr. Natalia Marquardt from carpe dentem in Bremen explains what people can do about fear of the dentist.
The dentist specializes in the treatment of anxiety patients. "Our most important message is that you don’t have to accept fear of the dentist – you can ‘unlearn’ it again," says Dr. Marquardt. "We would like to help with that."
Who is afraid of the dentist?
"You can’t split that up by age or gender," the doctor said. In general, fear of the dentist is usually triggered by unpleasant experiences. This could happen to children as well as adults, who actually never had problems with dental fear.
In many cases, fear is an evolutionarily sensible feeling. Finally, it warns of dangers. But it can also paralyze and keep people from behaving sensibly – like a fear of the dentist. The sensations are very different: They range from a queasy feeling to panic and a full-blown dentist phobia. "Incidentally, fear is an elastic term." For many people, a visit to the dentist is associated with rather uncomfortable feelings. Significantly fewer people feel real fear. "But we want to make sure that all patients can have a relaxed appointment at the dentist," says Dr. Marquardt.
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How can I overcome my fear of the dentist??
"If patients manage to come to our practice, the first step is already done," says the dentist. “Then it often helps a lot that we take a lot of time, talk to the patients, listen to them and answer their questions. If our patients feel comfortable with us, we have already achieved a lot. And for people who are very afraid of treatment, soothing homeopathic remedies can be a good option. ”
In any case, it is important to tell your dentist that you are afraid of the treatment. Only then can he adjust to it. Many patients are also bothered by the feeling that they are exposed to the situation. On the other hand, it helps that the dentist explains all treatment steps beforehand and answers all questions.
What to do in particularly severe cases of fear of the dentist?
Those who are really afraid of the dentist may suffer from various symptoms. The range is wide: restlessness, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, tremors, malaise or discomfort, nausea, diarrhea, sleep disorders, sweating, shortness of breath, feeling of helplessness and other symptoms are possible.
Behavioral therapy can be useful in particularly severe cases of dental phobia. Relaxation techniques such as autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation ensure that patients concentrate on physical processes, breathe calmly and do not even panic. Some of the costs for courses on these methods are even borne by the health insurance companies.
General anesthesia can be a short-term means of emergency. However, it should not be used as a permanent solution. On the one hand, it strains the body and complications can occur. On the other hand, it does not eliminate the cause of the fear of the dentist. The best way to overcome your fear is to take the time for a gentle and calm treatment together with the dentist you trust. In this way you learn from positive experiences that a visit to the dental practice is not a bad thing at all.
Most anxious patients are afraid of pain. At carpe dentem in the Eastern Suburbs in Bremen, special emphasis is placed on low-pain treatment. For example, an anesthetic spray is used so that the patient hardly feels the anesthetic injection. The dental practice team also uses the single tooth anesthesia (STA) procedure. Dr. Marquardt and her colleagues are happy to advise anxiety patients about gentle treatment methods at all times. If you would like help and tips before your dental treatment, you can contact the practice and arrange an appointment.
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