Burnaby Dentist provides information about sedation dentistry and dental anxiety.
For some people, the thought alone of visiting a Burnaby Dentist can be overwhelming and fearful. The feelings that are experienced are real, cause a considerable amount of stress and produce physical symptoms. This is known as Dental Anxiety. If you experience dental anxiety, it results in the avoidance of dental visits which have a negative impact on oral health. While the fear of visiting a dentist can be overwhelming, our Burnaby Dentists explain what dental anxiety is and how the Dentists and staff of North Burnaby Dental Group ease anxiety and make visiting a dentist a positive and comfortable experience.
If you experience dental anxiety, there might be some relief in knowing that you do not suffer alone. There are many people who are highly anxious about visiting a dentist. It is estimated that about one in seven of the population experiences dental anxiety. The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group work with patients on a daily basis that experience this.
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is considered as a multidimensional complex scenario. Though fear of pain has a strong link to the development of dental anxiety and to the aversion of dental treatment, there are also a number of factors that have consistently been linked with contributing to dental anxiety. These include (but are not limited to) personality characteristics, past traumatic dental experiences, and blood injury fears. Several studies have shown that restorative dentistry procedures deliver the most powerful triggers for dental anxiety, namely the sight, sound and sensation of rotary dental drills, along with the sight and sensation of a dental anesthetic injection. The waiting time for dental treatment is also reported as anxiety-provoking, as it increases the time to think about what will happen, and to ponder about the worst-case scenario.
Anxiety and Visiting Your Burnaby Dentist
Nearly two thirds of dentists believe that treating an anxious patient presents a challenge to them in everyday practice. As a patient, it is important to feel confident in your dentist, their skills and experience of working with patients with dental anxiety. As a dentist, it is important to identify patients with anxiety and put appropriate measures in place to provide the upmost service and care for the patient.
Patients displaying behaviours such as frequent cancellation, delaying or rescheduling appointments may be doing so because of dental fear and anxiety. Upon identification of an anxious or fearful patient, a range of measures can be put into place, for example:
- Provision of friendly and supportive communication during the procedure. Friendly communication with patients plays an essential role in anxiety reduction. Verbal support and reassurance is a frequently used strategy. To be maximally effective, this technique is followed by all staff with whom the patient interacts.
- Using relaxation therapies. Relaxation therapies can restore trust and help patients to have control over their physical and psychological state. These methods can have a positive impact in motivated and cooperative patients, and can be taken before and during a treatment appointment. These techniques are safe, free from side effects, and give patients more control over their anxiety level.
- Using distraction techniques, for example music via headphones or virtual reality glasses (especially for adults). By using distraction and other anxiety reduction methods, with recurrent positive experiences, a patients’ level of anxiety should reduce.
- Sedation administered to help patients relax during a dental procedure. North Burnaby Dental Group has a dentist specially trained to perform intravenous sedation in house who will assess your needs to ensure that your dental appointment is comfortable.
Using a multifaceted approach versus relying on one single strategy ameliorates the likelihood of success of easing dental anxiety. The anxiety management will vary depending on various factors such as the patients’ age, anticipated degree of cooperation, and their medical and/or dental history. Dentist behaviours targeted to anxiety reduction, such as having a calm and friendly manner, giving moral support, being reassuring about pain, preventing pain, and working efficiently, have also been shown to reduce anxiety.
The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group have been successful with helping patients to help reduce dental anxiety and restore patients’ confidence in dentistry. If you or someone you know is suffering from dental anxiety and requires a dental check or procedure, please give us a call to learn how we can help. Be assured that the Dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group will create a pleasant experience for you and help you be on the way to being comfortable with going to the dentist and having healthy teeth.