Do you experience anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist?
What are your feelings, thoughts and behaviour when you are confronted with dental treatments or a dentist.
- Are you anxious and afraid going to a dentist or having dental treatments?
- Are you embarrassed of the state of your teeth and therefore not going to a dentist?
- Have you had bad dental experiences of did horror stories of friend’s dental experiences bring anxious and stress full feelings and make you fearful for going to a dentist?
At Hockerill Dental, we understand that people can feel this way when it comes to dental treatments. We know that people can feel uneasy and apprehensive before their appointments. For this reason we have worked very hard to create an environment in Bishop’s Stortford and a team that are dedicated to helping you achieve your dental goals in a comfortable and relaxing way.
Differing Levels of Anxiety
Different people experience fear and anxiousness due to a variety of reasons. We have found that people fall on a spectrum of various types of anxieties related to the dentist or dental treatments. This can be mild anxiousness at one end of the spectrum to full-blown anxiety disorder at the other.
However, we know that your fear is very real to you. You might feel threatened as if something bad is going to happen. You start telling yourself, “what if” this happens or that will happen. Then you start thinking it is going to happen. Before you know it, you start getting anxious thoughts and feelings of your life being in danger.
Even your physical body starts to react by sweating, heart rate going up and you get yourself into a state of high emotions and physical reaction. This happens all because of what you think.
The unknown of what to expect or to expect the worse to happen together with the feeling of being out of control, with your privacy, your mouth being invaded, brings about unrealistic thought patterns. These make you feel unable to cope with the outcome.
Since, we have experience in this we will be able to help you overcome your barriers to dental treatment. We want to reassure you and know that you will be in an understanding environment in the beautiful county of Hertfordshire. Remember, you are in control every step of the way. We will work with you.
Teamwork to help you overcome your inhibitions
At Hockerill Dental, we have a great experienced team that understands what you are going through. We will help you to overcome your apprehension or nervousness and be there to reassure you every step of the way. Talk to your Hertfordshire dentist about your concerns and let us help find a way forward for you.
Customised Treatment Planning and Information
We tailor our assessment and treatments to each individual person and their particular type of anxiety. One of the main reasons why people tend to experience worry when it comes to the dentist is due to the uncertainty of the procedure or process. Hence, we like to keep each person informed prior to every step or stage of treatment. We have found that simply by having prior knowledge of what is about to unfold and having all your questions answered fully is sometimes enough to manage your particular type of anxiety.
This is something we are experienced in doing and hence we involve you in our Treatment Planning. This way you will know exactly what will happen on each appointment, why and how long each appointment will be.
Other Anti-Anxiety Techniques
There are various things that we can use to alleviate your concerns, they include: calming music, headphones, warm blankets; additional time with you unrushed; calm environment; warm drinks; special numbing gels and injections that are absolutely painless; and other desensitisation techniques. Our Bishop’s Stortford dentists are on hand to help.