Gentle dental – Brisbane Southside
There are many people out there who have a dental anxiety and with that comes a fear of the dentist. If this is you, we want you to know that you are not alone, this is a common problem we see and we can help.
You may have had a bad experience at the dentist, either as a child or more recently. Perhaps you hadn’t been numbed properly or you had to endure a lot of painful visits when you were young.
Dental fear is cyclical
Unfortunately for those people who have a dental fear that stops them from visiting the dental, this often starts a vicious cycle.
They don’t visit the dentist for many years, even decades, in which time small problems which would have been quick, painless and affordable to fix have now become big problems which are painful and require the last thing they want to do – time in the dental chair.
What should you do if you have a dental phobia?
As much as it pains you, don’t put off your visit to the dentist any longer as this will only make the problem worse. Instead look around at different dentists, get to know them online and look for one who you think may suit you.
Call and make an appointment – let us know
Even the thought of this might strike fear into your heart but here our advice. Tell our friendly receptionists when you book your appointment about your phobia and we can discuss how we can help.
Not only does it help us to prepare for your visit, it means we will know to go at your pace and check in with you regularly and ensure that you always know what is happening.
Many patients in this situation are apologetic about the state of their teeth but we want you to know that it doesn’t matter. Our concern is to deal with you as best as we can at your appointment, help you where we can even if that is to get through your appointment whilst reducing your fear through positive reinforcement.
Modern dentistry has changed your visit to the dentist
Visiting the dentist is quite different to 30 years ago. Modern dental technologies help our dentists to carry out more accurate assessments quickly and painlessly whilst putting you in the driving seat.
Knowledge is Power. Throughout your appointment we will explain what is happening at each step. Intra-oral cameras will allow you to see what is happening for yourself (if you want to).
Alternatively, you can pop on some relaxing music or a meditation and let us know the rest. If we have to do any procedures, we will always check that you are still numb and we also have the option of nitrous oxide (happy gas).
How you leave the dentist affects how you feel
Our aim is that our patients walk out of our practice, completely comfortable with what happened during their appointment and more confident about their next visit.
We understand dental phobias and work with you to develop strategies to help you cope with your fear at all your appointments.
Find a gentle dentist to help with your fear
We have a large team of dentists each with different strengths. Call our friendly patient care team on 3343 2100 to discuss your fear and which of our dentists’ approach would suit you best. Ultimately the key to overcoming your fear is finding a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with.
Contact us today or book your appointment online. Alternatively, you can chat to us online or get a quote for your first consultation.
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to overcome your dental fear.