Do not be afraid of the dentist!
Regular visit to the dental office is more than just checking the teeth and gums. Too much health, fitness and well-being are related to overall oral health. Control should therefore be carried out at least twice a year, including a comprehensive one prophylaxis. Only in this way can risks be identified and illnesses avoided or treated in a timely manner. The check of oral health should therefore be self-evident – and at any age.
More and more dental practices specialize in the treatment of anxiety patients or cooperate with psychologists. Trained employees take time for the fears and worries of their patients. They explain about painless and gentle treatments and create a trusting environment. Especially the fear of pain can be taken to those affected by a professional advice and the right information. In many practices, lasers are used, with which, for example, the caries treatment can be done without a drill. Different anesthetic procedures, from the nitrous oxide sedation up to general anesthesia by experienced anaesthesiologists, are now part of the treatment spectrum of many practices.
The entire ambience of the practices also has a positive effect on the patients. There are no clinically sterile waiting rooms in which the sound of drilling in the treatment rooms can be heard. And the typical smells that are sufficient for one or the other to get wet hands, can be avoided.
For the right preparation, if it goes back to the dental office, the Initiative proDente e.V. put together some tips:
- Nothing bad will happen!
Anxiety and the feelings that occur are body reactions that occur in a stressful situation. They can be very uncomfortable, but they are neither dangerous nor harmful in any way.
- Stay in the here and now
Turn off the headset: Do not imagine what might happen, but focus on your real environment. Distract yourself by reading or listening to music.
- Accept the fear
Wait and give time to fear, that is, do not run away from it, but openly address it to the treating dentist.
- Habit helps
Get used to the situation. Arrange a pure “introductory appointment” without examination. Do you feel comfortable in practice? What do the treatment room and the dentist‘s chair look like? Do you like the dentist and the team??
- Keep control
Ask the dentist to explain the course of treatment exactly. Arrange a signal, such as a hand signal, that causes the treatment to stop immediately. After treatment, tell the dentist what you want for the next treatment.
Your dentist can definitely help them – and talking does not hurt anyone!
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