Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you feel nervous? Our caring dentists in East Vic Park have extensive experience helping people of all ages to manage and overcome their dental fears.
Fear of dentistry is one of the most common phobias for adults, affecting as many as 1 in 7 Australians. Giving in to dental anxiety can prevent you from getting the important care or treatments you need and increase your oral health risks.
Our team at EVP Dental use a number of different approaches to help ease dental fears, from relaxation exercises to sedation. To find out more about how we can help, call us today on (08) 9470 3944 or book an appointment online with our dental anxiety dentists in East Victoria Park.
There is no single cause for dental anxiety. While it may sometimes be the result of bad experiences with treatments in the past, it's more often part of a larger issue, such as:
Understanding what your fears are is the first step to overcoming them. Our dental anxiety dentists in East Vic Park will develop a tailored treatment plan that avoids your personal triggers as much as possible and provide your treatment in a safe and trusting environment.
Unlike some fears that may not directly impact on life, stress or anxiety about dentistry can cause some people to delay or skip their regular dental appointments or avoid seeking treatment when they need it. This can lead to oral health problems going undetected for longer and becoming serious, causing more suffering in the long term and possibly needing a more intensive and expensive treatment to fix.
If you only see a dentist when you're already in pain, and feeling guilt or regret about not visiting sooner, these negative experiences can reinforce dental fears and feed a vicious cycle. This cycle can be hard to break without compassionate support.
Facing your fears takes courage, but many anxious patients are pleasantly surprised by the modern dental experience. Our dentists in East Victoria Park have an empathetic approach to dental care and we use the latest technologies and approaches to enhance comfort and safety during procedures.
If you have dental anxiety, it's important to find a dentist you can trust. Our sympathetic team at EVP Dental will recommend a variety of strategies to help ease your anxiety both ahead of and during your visit. Depending on your needs and preferences, these may include:
We'll discuss your anxiety so we can tailor your visit and treatment plan to avoid specific triggers and reduce your time in the chair. During your appointment, your dentist will make sure you know what to expect at every stage and we can arrange non-verbal signals if you need to take a break.
We can recommend breathing exercises and other techniques to practise at home such as meditation, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation if you could find these helpful for relaxing your body and mind before your visit.
Taking your mind off what our dentists are doing could help your appointment to pass more quickly and smoothly. Our dental surgery has a ceiling-mounted TV, or you can bring your own music, podcasts or other diversions.
Sedation options for calming anxiety
If these approaches alone aren't enough to combat anxiety, we also offer a choice of dental sedation options. These are administered by our dental anxiety dentists or a qualified anaesthetist at our East Victoria Park clinic or at a local day surgery.
We can provide sedatives and anaesthetic for all types of treatments. Our sedation options include:
Local anaesthesia or numbing gel
Local anaesthetic is routinely used for any dental procedure that may cause pain or discomfort. It works by blocking the nerve responses in the part of the mouth being treated, so you won't have to worry about pain during your treatment.
A topical anaesthetic gel may be applied if you have a fear of needles or require additional pain relief.
Oral sedatives are tablets provided by our dentists that should be taken at our clinic within an hour of your treatment beginning. They help to create a relaxed state of mind that will last throughout your visit. It is always accompanied by a local anaesthesia to numb pain.
As the sedatives can cause drowsiness as a side effect, you should not drive yourself to or from your appointment.
Laughing gas (also known as inhalation sedation) produces a relaxed conscious state that may create a slight tingling or general numbness in the body. It is accompanied by a local anaesthesia to numb pain.
Intravenous (IV) sedation
IV sedation is also known as sleep dentistry, as it produces a relaxed, dream-like state. You may be awake or drift in and out of sleep and may have little memory of the experience afterwards. It is accompanied by a local anaesthesia to numb pain.
IV sedation is provided at our East Victoria Park clinic by a qualified anaesthetist, who will carefully control the level of sedatives throughout your treatment. You should not drive for 24 hours after sedation.
General anaesthesia (Southbank Day Surgery)
For more severe cases of dental anxiety, we can arrange for your treatment to be carried out under general anaesthesia at Southbank Day Surgery.
You will be unconscious throughout the procedure and the sedatives may remain in your system for up to 48 hours, so you should not drive or operate machinery during your recovery.
Enhancing the dental experience with modern technology
At our state-of-the-art dental clinic in East Victoria Park, our dentists use the latest systems to reduce treatment times and ensure the highest standard of safety is followed at every stage.
Whether you're visiting us for a routine check-up and clean or a corrective treatment, we'll explain all of your options and the equipment we use so you can decide whether you're happy to proceed.
Dealing with dental anxiety takes courage. If you're ready to take control of your oral health, our caring team at EVP Dental are here to give you support and compassionate care.
We give you something to smile about! Get in touch with our team today.