How our dental team can help nervous patients
It goes without saying that even with the advances in modern dentistry relating to silent drills and painless procedures, there are still a lot of people who are exceedingly wary of attending dental appointments.
This is unfortunate, as the majority of people who fail to attend the biannual appointments with their dentist are at a higher risk of requiring more invasive treatments to restore issues that could have been treated at an earlier stage with less discomfort to them. However, there is a range of options available to help even the most nervous dental patients to cope when they visit their dentist.
At Brisbane laser dentist, our dental Coorparoo team is always happy to welcome nervous or phobic patients into our surgery and will always be happy to work with you to discuss what you need to make your visit more comfortable. We will offer you a compassionate and warm approach to dental care and will always ensure that you feel in control and able to communicate with us if you feel you need a break from a procedure or if you are feeling overwhelmed.
So, with that in mind, what are some of the ways that the dental Coorparoo team will work with you to help you overcome your concerns?
Communication is key when dealing with a dental phobia, so when you contact our dental Coorparoo team to book your appointment or your check-up, do not feel embarrassed about mentioning that you are a nervous patient. We have seen thousands of nervous patients over the years and have worked with them to help them restore their oral hygiene or to get the aesthetics that they want for their smiles. If it would help, you are more than welcome to meet our team before you book yourself for a clinical appointment, so you can see that we are just humans and are not scary dentists!
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a common tool that we use to help patients who may need a bit more of a hands-on approach. This is applied via a mask and will leave you feeling lightheaded and unable to feel any discomfort. This will allow us to work on your teeth and when the mask is removed, you will have minimal memory of the procedure taking place but may feel slightly groggy.
If it is the sound of the drill that makes you uncomfortable, then you are more than welcome to come into our surgery and listen to music on your headphones or even a guided meditation. Just be sure you arrange this with us beforehand, so we can work on communication methods if we need you to open your mouth or if we need to talk to you during the process about what we are doing.
If you want to be a bit more removed from the procedure mentally, we can offer intravenous sedation which is given to you via an IV drip in your arm. This will, like the nitrous oxide, allow you to be more removed from the procedure and will block out any discomfort. If you are having IV sedation, you will require someone to take you home afterwards and you should refrain from operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.