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Frequently asked questions to a Dentist York

What is dental phobia?

Dental phobia is a fear of going to the dentist. It can be a result of many things and may include:

  • Previously painful or negative experiences during visits to a dentist, usually as a child. This may include careless comments made by a dentist, hygienist or other professional.
  • Severe discomfort with feelings of helplessness and/or being out of control in the dentist’s chair.
  • A sense of embarrassment of your dental neglect, and fear of ridicule and/or belittlement when you go to the dentist.
  • Scary stories of negative dental experiences learned from family and friends.
  • Negative, menacing portrayals of dentists in movies, TV, newspapers and magazines.
  • A sense of depersonalization in the dental process, increased by today's necessity for the use of barrier precautions, such as masks, latex gloves and shields.
  • A general fear of the unknown.

Some dentists specialise in treating dental phobics. A search of the yellow pages or the internet will usually point you in the right direction. You may benefit from sedation or relaxation techniques.  

What is sedation?

Sedation in dentistry is an option for certain groups of people who are anxious or nervous of undergoing dental treatment. They include adults with dental anxieties or phobias, children who are apprehensive or frightened and patients with special needs. Some patients only require sedation for a specific surgical procedure. A range of sedation techniques are available which include:

  • Intravenous (by injection into a vein)
  • Inhalation (by breathing a mixture of gas and oxygen)
  • Oral (by tablet swallowed prior to the treatment)

If you are very nervous, sedation may be an option for you. Don't be afraid to ask your dentist if they feel you may benefit from treatment under sedation. If they don't do it they may well be able to refer you to a dentist who does.


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