dental anxiety

We can help you manage your dental anxiety

Do you feel nervous or anxious at the thought of going to the dentist? You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is experienced by many people, both children, and adults. It can be tempting to avoid regular dental check-ups but this can be detrimental to your oral health. Instead, you can speak to your dentist and figure out ways of managing your dental anxiety. 

At Dental on York, our team of empathetic dental professionals are experienced in treating people with dental anxiety. We offer a range of solutions and support to help you manage and undergo the dental treatment you need. Our top priority is creating a relaxed, stress-free environment for our wonderful patients. If you suffer from dental anxiety, please let us know when booking an appointment so that we can prepare an extra comfortable space for you. 

Common signs and symptoms of dental anxiety

Dental anxiety refers to the fear and stress some people feel when thinking about, or visiting the dentist. It’s a common condition experienced by around 1 in 6 Australian adults. Some of the signs and symptoms of dental anxiety include:

  • Sweating
  • Feeling hot and bothered
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Feeling lightheaded with possible fainting
  • Panic attack
  • Visible distress (such as crying)
  • Physical and mental withdrawal

These symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but don’t worry they are normal and we can give you tools to manage them. Our dentists are happy to work with you to create a personalised plan that suits your individual circumstances. There are many ways we can make your dental visits easier. 

Sleep dentistry

At Dental on York, we offer intravenous sedation to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It allows patients to undergo dental treatment in a semi-conscious and relaxed mental state. Most patients describe the feeling as having just taken a short nap, you may have some or no recollection of the procedure. It’s a good option for patients who require multiple or extensive dental treatments. The sedative is administered by a fully qualified practitioner. The effects can take up to 24 hours to wear off, you should bring a friend or family member along to drive you home and take care of you afterwards. 

FAQs about dental anxiety

To ease your worries we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from patients regarding dental anxiety. If you’d like to know more then give us a call. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services over the phone.

How common is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is reasonably common with 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children in Australia experiencing it. Feeling anxious about going to the dentist can result in avoiding it. Unfortunately, this can have negative effects on our teeth. These effects include tooth discolouration, cavities, infections, and even tooth loss.

What is sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry refers to dental treatment that is performed while the patient is semi-conscious. IV sedation is administered to the patient allowing them to feel calm and relaxed. It’s a good option for patients who have high levels of dental anxiety. 

Is sleep dentistry safe?

Yes, sleep dentistry is a safe form of dental anxiety management. The intravenous sedation is always administered by a fully qualified and experienced dental practitioner. The effects can take up to 24 hours to wear off so you should keep this in mind when booking the appointment. 

When should I consider sleep dentistry?

If it has become extremely difficult for you to visit the dentist or you are avoiding dental treatment because of your anxiety then you should consider sleep dentistry. Avoiding the dentist can have negative effects on your oral health. It leaves you at risk of tooth decay, infection, and disease. Unfortunately, these issues only increase the need for further and more extensive dental treatment. Sleep dentistry is an effective way of allowing you to undergo the dental treatment you need.

How can I address my child’s dental anxiety?

The best way to manage your child’s dental anxiety is through positive reinforcement. You should begin by taking your child to the dentist regularly from age two. The younger your child is when exposed to the dentist the better. You should make these visits positive with plenty of toys, praise and treats. Let your child see you being examined or treated by the dentist. This reinforces the idea that it is completely normal and not scary. You can also offer your child a prize after each visit to the dentist. 

Are you or your child feeling anxious about going to the dentist? Don’t put your oral health at risk, give us a call to book in with one of our friendly dentists today. We will do all we can to ensure you are comfortable, relaxed, and well-looked after…