Dental Anxiety Mandurah
Anxious about pain and discomfort? Are you putting off your dental check-ups because you dread going to the dentist? Do you envision the dental tools as machinery drilling into your mouth? If you answer YES to these questions, then you might have dental anxiety.
No worries! That is nothing to be embarrassed about. According to the University of Adelaide in their Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, “high dental fear affects approximately one in six Australian adults and about one in ten children”
You are not alone, it’s more common than we think. That’s why your caring dentists and staff at Platinum Smile Dental employ the use of Happy Gas and other practices, to alleviate your fear. We have taken extra measures, both aesthetic and procedural to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout your dental experience.
Book your appointment today and experience comfortable and zero-pain dental procedures in Mandurah!
What Causes Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a term used to describe fear or stress when subject to a dental setting. It ranges from mild anxiety to paralysing fear of the dentist. This is often associated to fear of needles or drills (among other things), which can be triggered when the person is in a dental chair.
Dental anxiety may be caused by various psychological factors such as:
A traumatic experience often stemming from their first dental visit. This is why we take careful measures when handling children’s dentistry as this can leave an imprint on the child
Viewing of the mouth as a personal space hence anyone accessing it is invading that person’s comfort zone
In conjunction with other phobia such as agoraphobia (fear of being in situations where you feel you cannot escape) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces)
Influence from movies and other shows portraying the dentist as someone fearful
How Do I Know If I have dental anxiety?
Often, dental anxiety may not always manifest itself, and may only be observed when the person is already in the dentist.
Below are some of the behaviours a person with dental anxiety will show when they are already in the waiting area:
Frequent fidgeting with their hands
sitting on the edge of their chair
rapidly flicking through magazines
changing sitting positions often
sighing deeply or breathing rapidly
making negative comments about dentists and dentistry
pacing or walking around the waiting room
rapid head motions or startle reactions to office noises
Source: The University of Adelaide, Dental fear and anxiety: Information for Dental Practitioners
Further, The University of Adelaide presented a checklist for patients with possible dental fear. Please take the time to answer this test before coming in for your dental appointment. Whatever the result is, please discuss it with your caring dentist Mandurah so we can help you better.
How Can Your Dentist Mandurah Help
We strive to make our customers extremely comfortable, mentally and physically by using the latest and greatest in technology, aesthetics, and creating a positive ambient environment.
If the thought of the dental chair is making you uncomfortable, we suggest taking advantage of the following methods at Platinum Smile Dental, to make your dental visit a positive experience
we offer happy gas or nitrous oxide gas which is safe, trailed and tested; it is a way of reducing anxiety and nervousness during dental treatments. This is a popular choice among kids and adults alike. Completely safe!
Would you like to remember little or nothing from your dental visit?
We have an effective and efficient way of providing the highest level of anxiety relief and pain control during dental procedures. A medical doctor trained in sedation will attend your appointment to provide this service, Intravenous sedation
You will need to take the tablet one hour before your scheduled appointment and have someone responsible provide transport to and from the clinic. The “relaxation’ effects can last for 6-8 hours.
Our computer-guided injection system is the latest advancement in making needles at the dentist as painless as possible.
A computer controls the delivery of the local aesthetics solution under your pain tolerance. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference it makes to traditional methods.
Painless and Worry-Free Dental Appointments in Mandurah
You are in the best hands in Mandurah! Our highly trained team is experienced in handling patients with dental anxiety. The environment is welcoming, as we try to make your dental experience pleasant from the moment you arrive until your next visits.
Call us at (08) 9534 7946 or visit us today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have dental anxiety?
A general ill-feeling towards the thought of going to the dentist is a strong indication that you have dental anxiety. Often, dental anxiety may not always manifest itself, and may only be observed when the person is already in the dentist. Uneasiness, fidgeting, sweating, pacing back and forth, are also some of the signs that you have it. Please see the checklist above from The University of Adelaide to learn more.
What are the causes of dental anxiety?
There are many factors that can cause dental anxiety. Some of these are a traumatic past experience concerning oral health; viewing of the mouth as a personal space hence anyone accessing it is invading that person’s comfort zone; Trust issues; In conjunction with other phobias such as agoraphobia (fear of being in situations where you feel you cannot escape) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces); and Influence from movies and other shows portraying the dentist as someone fearful.
What are the effects of having dental anxiety?
When you keep putting off dental appointments and procedures because of dental anxiety can have drastic negative effects. It can worsen any existing dental issue which in time will completely ruin your oral health (especially if you don’t have good oral hygiene habits). Another thing is having a difficult time in the clinic. But the second one can be remedied by our methods/practices.
What are your programs/medications for people with dental anxiety?
Aside from creating an environment that fosters comfort and relaxation, we also employ safe and effective techniques such as happy gas, IV sedation, Pre-appointment medication, and painless injection.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Contact us for more information. Rebates may vary depending on your individual health fund.