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The fear of the dentist chair

New research has found that more than a third of Brits fear the dentist chair.

Fletchers Solicitors, who carried out the research, questioned 2,000 British adults about their fears when visiting medical professionals. Of the people that admitted to having a fear, a huge 79{d58828e17d46aa12a0c509c6bfd5d14d7ae30230ead45e00e67257ba68cfae4b} of those said they put off seeking medical advice because of these anxieties.

The top five reasons for apprehension surrounding medical appointments were:

  1. Finding a previously unknown health problem
  2. Phobia of medical equipment
  3. Bad childhood memory
  4. Previous bad experience
  5. Potential pain

It is important to seek advice from a dental professional when you experience any pain or have any worried about your oral health. Putting off making an appointment can be dangerous and often will allow the problem to progressively get worse.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, there are many methods that you can use to try and ease your worries. The main thing to consider is to find an understanding dentist. The best way to do this is to ask for recommendations from your friends and family.

Once you have found a dental practice that you think ay be suitable, it is a great idea to visit the practice to have a look around, meet the staff and get used to the environment. Let the dentist know that you are anxious about treatment.

Another good tip is to get an early morning appointment so you won’t have to worry about it all day. The first appointment will always just be a check-up, so you don’t need to worry about having an unexpected filling. Many dentists will agree on a hand signal with you that you can use throughout the appointment to show that you need a break.

Taking a friend along to your appointment can feel reassuring and they can help put you at ease as well as the dentist.

At Marquess Dental, we understand that many people think coming to see us is a daunting experience. We will do anything we can to put our patients at ease and keep them informed about treatments and the tools being used. Call us on 01248 787878 to speak to one of our friendly team.

Posted by Geraint Buse on 4th July 2017, under Caring for your teeth

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