There are many reasons why you may be scared of visiting the dentist and many reasons why you should not let your dental phobia stop you going to the dentist, most of all your on-going dental health. If it the case that you have been hiding behind your smile and you would love cosmetic dentistry but you have a fear of visiting the dentist, rest assured your feelings of fear surrounding the dentist are shared with over 60% of people. Let’s face it, it is rare that you will read a post on Twitter or Facebook ‘I’m at the dentist… so excited…the best day of my life! Research into dental phobia suggests that it’s not just the fact that people do not like visiting their dentist through fear of actual pain but they are actually worried or embarrassed about having their teeth examined.
At Dental Centre Turkey we know that going to the dentist can be daunting. We appreciated that our patients are even more apprehensive as they travel to Turkey for their dental treatment. That’s why we specifically cater for nervous patients. We understand your fears and realise that many of our patients have been putting off a trip to the dentist for some time. At Dental Centre Turkey we pride ourselves on being at the fore front of modern dentistry in the alleviation of pain and discomfort and the anxiety associated with both. We understand that the environment and staff in any dental clinic is paramount to making you feel relaxed. We have a great team who are experienced in catering to nervous patients.
There are a number of reasons why you should trust Dental Centre Turkey with your dental treatment. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of modern dentistry and have made a huge investment in low invasive dental technology. Both sedation and general anaesthesia are available in our VIP clinic.
It is important to remember:
1. Dentists want to help you, not torture you: There are not many people who want to spend the day looking inside someone’s mouth. It is not a job for the faint hearted. Dentists do not intend to cause pain or discomfort, they choose the profession as they want to help people look good and to feel good.
2. One bad dentist does not have the right to ruin your teeth for life: Many people hate their dentist due to one bad experience with one particular dentist. No two people are the same and no two Dentists are the same either. It is important to do your research and find a dentist or a dental practice that you feel comfortable with and that you have confidence in from the very first communication. Take control over your dental destiny and if you have been avoiding a trip to the dentist, start searching and communicating with dental clinics and measure the responses.
3. A health mouth is a healthy heart: There is strong research to suggest that dental decay and gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions including heart disease. You may feel that you can put your dental issues to one side but this is certainly not the case with your heart. If you are managing a healthy diet to ensure optimum health you should certainly be visiting your dentist regularly.
4. They’re there when you need them: Many patients with a dental phobia only visit the dentist when they have a toothache. If you do not keep up with your regular dental appointments it can be almost impossible to get a emergency appointment when you need one. Dentists have busy schedules and it can be hard to squeeze in a last minute appointment. If you have a good relationship with your dentist it is likely they will be more understanding and accommodating.
Odontophobia can be formed in a couple of ways. The most common method is that individuals can develop this fear of dentists due to the first-hand experience that they have received in the past. These direct experiences can be due to an unexpected amount of pain, or what is perceived as a traumatic experience. On top of this, the perceived stigma that dentists carry adds to the misconception that the dentist’s chair is a place that should be feared.
Alternately, it can be picked up second hand, via social means. When someone has never been to, nor doesn’t remember going to the dentist, they can develop this fear from stories and opinions from others. It does not help that mass media often unjustly portrays dentistry in a bad light. As well as this, a previous experience with a doctor of any kind can translate subconsciously to dentistry. It may not necessarily be a fear of dentistry, but a fear of doctors or hospitals altogether. And finally, a large factor of the fear of going to the dentist may be a perceived loss of control.
We understand that patients may have put off coming to the dentist for some time and the clinic environment aims to provide patients with relaxation in advance of their appointment. During your consultation you will have every opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by the experienced dental team. A range of up-to-date technology is available to include computer controlled local anaesthetic delivery. Computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery (CCLAD) is one method to reduce patient pain during local anesthesia; it is a device that slowly administers anesthetics by using a computerised device to control the injection speed. A full Sirona smile design and cad/ cam suite is available to provide patients with full control over the end results of their treatment reducing anxiety during your treatment and during your stay in Turkey. Soft tissue lasers are also available for a number of dental issues to include the reduction of bacteria and subsequent infections. In all dental situations prevention is better than cure. If you have been avoiding a visit to the dentist we would recommend you get in touch and explore the options available, raising any questions you may have and start to measure the responses and online reviews from previous patients.