Being afraid of the dentist is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading understands the needs and concerns of nervous dental patients, and is committed to working with each patient as an individual to help them beat their fears and anxieties, and get back to oral health.
Fear and phobia of the dentist has numerous causes. A commonly-cited reason is a negative experience of dentists or dentistry during childhood. There are also often specific triggers – the sound of the drill, the feel of Latex gloves, the sight of a needle or even the smells of a dental practice.
Often, fear of the dentist means that people put off attending regular dental check-ups until an emergency occurs. This can make things worse because dental pain can be severe, and by the time you contact an emergency dentist you are likely to already be in a heightened state of anxiety.
At our Reading clinic we find that sometimes, in the case of patients who haven’t visited a dental practice in many years or even decades, an informal chat away from the dentist’s chair is enough to put nervous patients’ minds at rest. There have been vast improvements in terms of techniques, materials, and technology in the world of dentistry in recent years, meaning that the vast majority of treatments are now pain-free.
For those who still need additional help to feel relaxed when visiting the dentist, our Reading dental clinic offers treatment under sedation. Dental sedation isn’t like general anaesthetic delivered at hospitals – you won’t technically be unconscious or asleep.
The sedation technique used at The Evergreen Dental Centre is Reading is called conscious sedation. You will be awake and able to cooperate with your dentist, but you will enjoy feelings of deep peace, relaxation, and comfort.
Furthermore, you will be largely unaware of your treatment. Most patients also remember little about any procedures once the sedatives have worn off, although those who do widely report that it helps them to feel more positive about visiting the dentist going forward.