A Compassionate Dentist for Anxious Patients in Melbourne
Does going to the dentist make you feel scared? Maybe you’ve had painful experiences in the past, or maybe it’s an irrational fear you can’t quite control. After many years of working in the dental industry, we’ve worked with patients who range from ‘a little nervous’ to ‘downright terrified’! It’s our goal to make every patient feel as comfortable as possible so they can receive the dental care that they need.
“Dental Phobia leaves patients panic-stricken and terrified!”
Listening to your favourite music while at the dentist can help put you at ease.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Between 9% and 20% of Australians avoid going to the dentist because they’re afraid or anxious. Dental phobia is more serious than regular anxiety—it leaves people traumatised. People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational but they aren’t able to do much about it. As a team of trained professionals, we have some tips and tricks up our sleeves to make the experience easier for you. For dental anxiety management, we encourage our patients to:
- Share their fears
- Focus on their breathing
- Bring headphones so they can listen to their favourite music
- Watch what they eat and drink before the procedure, being especially careful of substances containing sugar and caffeine
- Choose a low-stress appointment time that is convenient for you
- Ask lots of questions!
That last one is really important. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about a procedure so you know exactly what to expect every step of the way.
Most of our fears are learned young. Bringing your kids to see the dentist early and often can help keep dental anxiety away.
Compassionate Dentists Make a Difference
Dental anxiety and fear will evoke physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural responses in a patient. This is a frequent problem in dental offices. Anxiety is closely linked to an increased pain perception so patients with anxiety experience more pain, for longer. They may also have an exaggerated memory of their pain. A compassionate dentist understands this and works extra hard to put the patient at ease. It is our goal to help you overcome any past traumas you have faced in the dentist chair and to build a trusting relationship.
Children with Dental Anxiety
Going to the dentist as we all know, is an important part of keeping our kids healthy. Still, we understand that this experience can shake even the calmest youngsters. Being asked to sit still– often tipped back in a big chair–with a bright light in their eyes, while we poke around in their mouth? Yeah, there’s probably a huge list of ways they’d rather spend the day. But good oral hygiene is a habit that’s learned young. Bringing kids to the dentist early and often is the best way to combat childhood dental anxiety. Likewise, if you’re a parent who’s an anxious patient, it’s important to put on a brave face so that fear isn’t passed on to your children.
Our staff are trained to treat children with openness, honesty, and most of all, a sense of fun! Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be scary. When kids learn that dentists help keep them healthy and free from the really scary problems (like tooth decay and cavities) they start to feel more comfortable.
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