The terms dental fear, dental anxiety and dental phobia are used very frequently, often believed to mean the same thing. Although the terms may be related (at least in terms of describing an unpleasant feeling about going to the dentist), they differ in seriousness and in the way in which they are managed.
Dental fear and dental anxiety are different, at least if we look at how the terms are described in the dictionaries, but since most people refer to both terms as unpleasant feelings when faced with a dental situation, the terms will be used interchangeably in this text.
Therefore, we, as dental professionals have a lot of understanding and respect for anxious, fearful or phobic patients regardless of their cause or categorisation.
How do we help our patients?
At your first visit to our dental anxiety practice in Ipswich, Suffolk, we will have a look at your medical history and the level of your dental anxiety. If you think you can cope, we could also do a basic dental examination. Most patients will allow us to have a gentle look at their teeth and some others have preferred to book a follow–up appointment for this purpose.
After the first or second visit, we can decide together what method of treatment that would be best for you.
Tailoring the treatment according to your needs
The best long-term results in getting over your dental anxiety are delivered by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Initially however, your priorities may be just to get help to overcome your anxiety so you can cope with more urgent treatment. In order to ease your anxiety, we can offer dental conscious sedation, either as intravenous sedation or inhalation sedation.
For more information on what dental sedation (conscious sedation) is and how it works, please follow the link below: