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By City Bridge Dental & Implant Clinic
Dental anxiety takes many forms, from a mild “This is going to hurt, isn’t it?” to a full-blown dental phobia which can prevent patients visiting the dentist for years. If you think you have dental anxiety, you are not alone. In 2011, the BBC reported that the British Dental Association estimates 25% of us exhibit some form of anxiety before visiting the dentist.
The fear of pain, often associated with a genuinely painful experience in younger life, is a frequent trigger. Research indicates, as one would expect, that someone who expects a procedure to hurt is more likely to experience pain than someone who does not.
Dental procedures have improved tremendously over recent years and modern practices provide environments and treatment options which are much less stressful than what we might remember from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
However, fear does not necessarily respond to the simple statement of facts like this. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to reduce your fear of treatment. In this blog post, Mark Aston, dentist at City Bridge Dental Care, outlines his top tips for helping patients relax in the surgery.
Talking things through, finding the right environment and practising relaxation exercises work for most patients. However, we also see many people whose phobias are so strong that they require additional medication to help them through their treatment.
(City Bridge acknowledges the help provided by www.psychcentral.com in the preparation of this article)
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