Terrified of the Dentist but Desperate for Dental Implants?
Do you break out into a nervous sweat at the thought of being in the dentist’s chair? Does the noise of even a benign polisher make you picture that dreadful scene in Marathon Man? You needn’t worry; you are not alone. Dental phobia is real. It is not just fear. Phobias affect between 7–13% of the population. Many modern dental practices understand how unbearable dental phobia can feel and will help you overcome your fears. One such dental practice is Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond.
What’s Behind Dental Phobia?
Dental phobia can be triggered by one or several aspects of a visit to the dentist. These include:
- the sight of a needle
- being told off by an authority figure
- the iconic sight and sound of the dentist’s drill
- the idea of suffering pain, the prospect of numbness
- imagining choking
- the idea of the anaesthetic not working properly
- fear of embarrassment
- fear of being landed with a long, expensive treatment
Dentophobia may have stopped you coming to the dentist for years. Perhaps even now you are only driven to visit because you are in danger of losing, or have already lost, some teeth, and want to have them replaced with dental implants.
Dental implants can change lives, but they also require being able to go through oral surgery to place titanium posts into the jawbone. Special dental fixtures called abutments are attached to these posts. An abutment connects a titanium post to artificial teeth, which are attached last.
The idea of this may be too much for you. However, the good news is that although this procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthetic, many dentists across the UK are also specially trained to help anxious patients more easily relax during their procedure. This may include sedation dentistry techniques. There are also recognised and specific ways in which dentists can talk and behave, and decorate their surgeries so that patients can fully relax as they undergo treatment. This means that receiving dental implants, which can transform the lives of people with missing teeth, need not be a terrifying ordeal for the nervous patient.