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Overcoming Dental Anxiety In Sutton

22nd January, 2020

Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on however as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health.

Overcoming Mild Dental Anxiety

Mild dental anxiety is discomfort and nervousness at the dentist It can be treated in a number of ways.

Talking to your dentist

Talking to your dentist is the first step to overcoming your dental fears. Make sure your dentist understands your exact fears and work with them to make your appointment as relaxed as possible by taking breaks and letting them put you at ease. Here at Ninety 2 Dental we aim to make patients feel happy and comfortable, If you are a nervous patient we will be happy to allocate extra time for appointments as we want to make the dental surgery a calm, relaxing environment for you. We want you to remember you are in control, During treatment if you would like us to stop you can simply raise your hand whether it be because you need more anaesthesia, want to rinse, or simply need a break.

Practicing breathing techniques

Controlled breathing relaxes your body and shifts your focus to other things in order to preoccupy your mind. This is fantastic when you are at the dentist as you can avoid a lot of discomfort and anxiety. The easiest breathing techniques simply involve inhaling and exhaling through your nose for a slow count of three – so three seconds breathing in followed by three seconds breathing out. This technique is particularly useful as it also overcomes the breathing issues many of us feel when things are in our mouth.

Using relaxation techniques

There are a number of relaxation techniques that may work for you. You could bring music into your appointment with you, ask to have your favourite radio station on or just have the nurse chatting to you about something. Different relaxation and distraction techniques work for different people so try and find something that will work well for you.

Counselling

You can receive counselling for your phobia. This will aim to look at the root causes of your phobia and will try to work through it so that you can move beyond it. Counselling is free on the NHS for severe phobias and helps hundreds of people.

If your a nervous patient and would like more information on how we can help please click the link below to see our website page Nervous Patient Programme or simply call a member of our team on 0208 337 1168

https://www.ninety2dental.co.uk/sutton-surrey-dental-nervouspatient.html

The Benefits Of General Dentistry In Sutton



The world of dentistry is constantly evolving and over the last few years has become very high-tech and rather flashy with so many treatments and smile makeovers to offer to our patients we can often forget the most basic, yet generally the most important treatment in dentistry, your routine examination which is essential to keep on top of any dental decay or gum disease to keep your mouth feeling and looking healthy.

Radio-graphs are another important factor in this as they ensure the your dentist can identify problems quickly and solve them for you as soon as possible

Radio graphs show up a multiple of sins which could lead to any of the following such as fillings, root canals, deep cleaning and scaling, the removal of tartar followed by polishing, the removal of problem milk and wisdom teeth, and the overseeing of orthodontic problems.

The other aims of general dentistry is to always be on the look out for signs of plaque, tooth decay and periodontal and gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

General dentistry is there to keep any problems at bay and you dentally fit all year round!

If you feel you may be overdue for your routine dental examination then contact Ninety 2 Dental 

The Benefits Of Your Six Monthly Check Up



Listening to the dentist counting teeth with the nurse repeating the numbers and tapping away on a keyboard, it must feel like a bit of waste of time for some and it would be if all we did was look.

But the value of a decent dental check up is often about looking back and  more importantly looking forwards. A good dentist will look in the mouth and compare the current situation to the last check up looking for change.

Examples of good change are-

– Less plaque

– Better brushing

– Flossing etc

Bad change can be-

-Bad fillings wearing out

Crowns cracking etc

In dentistry predicting the future is actually not that hard. Careful examination and an up to date dental examination history will give strong clues as to how long our teeth and our dentistry will last.

The positives for the patient are that

  • they can focus their resources on dealing with issues that need immediate attention (ensuring they stay out of pain and continue to be able to eat a normal diet and smile at people)
  • they can plan ahead for problems ‘on the horizon’ ie 6, 12, 24 months and even 5 or 10 years ahead.

A good dentist can give you realistic predictions about the longevity of your teeth and dentistry for years ahead.

When your mentally prepared its easier to come to terms with issues predicted well in advance as you will have been given an idea of work to be carried out and a rough cost.

Knowing is better, and less expensive, than not knowing. And that’s why we give patients detailed estimates of any work we notice needs doing or may need to be done in the future

So even the worst problems have been dealt with in advance and managed correctly it is that preparedness which brings peace of mind.

Here at Ninety 2 Dental we understand how busy life gets and how hard it is to remember when your six monthly check is due. If you would like to book in advance we send you a reminder text the day before your appointment or if you don’t know your schedule in six months time we are happy to send you a reminder closer to the time.