Are you afraid of dental treatment?
In case you wondered, you are not alone. Many people and patients are afraid of dental treatment. Many studies show that the rate of people, who are afraid of the treatment ranges between 9% – 25% of the population. In dentistry, this fear is called “Dental Phobia”.
In the United States there are already more than 30 million people, and in Israel about one million people who are afraid of dental care.
In this situation, people arrive at the dentist after the mouth and teeth condition has deteriorated to a point where the pain is so fierce that the person has no choice but to get treatment.
Actually, an ever-lasting vicious circle is created. A person, who is afraid of a visit to the dentist for fear of pain, reaches the dental care only after suffering pain and inflammation.
When the patient arrives, he is very tense and in this situation, the dentist’s chances to help him overcome the tension are very low. If the dentist causes some pain, the patients will already enter a state of defense and fear, telling himself, “I knew it. I knew that dental care is painful and I will never return for dental treatment!” Thus, the patient will continue neglecting his mouth, and once again, the situation will continue deteriorating. If the patient had come for dental treatment before the pain and inflammation developed and before tooth lose or fall, the doctor could have easily helped him in advance, and prevented the development of pain. Other people reach a situation of losing their teeth or their teeth fall out due to negligence, and then they find it hard to chew food as well as to smile.
Studies show that people’s fear stems from three major things:
- Local anesthetic injection.
- The drilling noise.
- Chances of pain during the treatment.
There are additional factors, but those are the major ones.
How is it possible that some of the people arrive at the dentist for dental care or dental implantology as if nothing happened, and other must be dragged to the chair since they tremble with fear, does the fear arise from some kind of a childhood trauma? Do we invent the pain during the treatment?
Most of our senses absorption comes from the facial area. The sense of hearing, sense of smell, sense of sight and are concentrated in the facial area. In addition, if we divide our brain according to the zones of sensation, we will find out that a third of the body sensation arrives from the hands, an additional third from the rest of the body, and the last third from the mouth and lips area.
When the dentist approaches us and blocks all the patient’s reception areas, it is an even more frightening feeling, and in addition the dentist arrives with noisy tools and uses them inside out mouth.
Some people refuse to sit on the patient’s seat but these are extreme cases.
Remember! Tell the doctor how you feel. Stress relief and relaxation are the best way to undergo treatment without pain. When you are stressed or scared automatically you are not relaxed, the nerves and the muscles contract and it is very hard for the doctor to provide the treatment in a good and painless manner. The chances that you will be in more pain is when you are extremely stressed.
The scariest thing is when you are being intimidated…
If you need dental implantology and your friends suddenly tell you stories about people whose treatment did not succeed, mildly said, and apparently, when one treatment is unsuccessful everyone remembers it. However, the absurd is that such exceptional cases hardly ever happen, but they still echo in our minds.
Always remember to have your dental care at a dentist with this expertise. For example, if you need a dental implantology and you have no jawbone, the professional name for this case is bone-missing implantology, and here is a great difference between an ordinary dental implantation and dental implantology for bone-missing patients.
Most of the dental implantation treatments for bone-missing patients at an ordinary dentist are:
bone construction or sinus lifting that in itself lasts at least a six-month waiting, followed by dental implants and then more time of prosthodontics which takes between one and several months, and then measurements for crowns, testing the crowns in the patient’s mouth, and finally pasting them permanently. This treatment is considered one of the longest ones in dentistry, which takes around one year, requires many appointments and many dentist’s ‘chair’ hours.
Dental implantology for bone-missing patients at a specialist dentist can offer:
a Basal implantology for bone-missing patients when the treatment lasts between one and two weeks (7-14 days). Yes, you read it correctly. Within a fortnight, a patient may eat steaks or crack nuts. The treatment is, in fact, a little more expensive but is worthwhile compared to all the pain and suffering endured in a dental implantology provided by a doctor lacking the abovementioned knowledge and experience.
At our Implantology Center for bone-missing patients, you may find experts for dental care under general anesthesia in order to overcome the fear of dental care called Dental Phobia.
An additional thing that may be very frightening is lack of certainty regarding the type of treatment the way it is going to be performed. When a person does not know where he is heading all the questions remain in his head, for example:
What is the full process? Which stages are going to be performed? How long does the treatment last? What are the side effects and what do I do against it? What is the final result and what does it contribute to me?
When the patients feels secure enough and knows exactly what the treatment is going to be like they will feel confident enough to undergo it.
Do not hesitate to ask the dentist all the details and questions you have. The dentist knows that it will help you during the treatment. The more knowledge you have the readier you will be for the treatment.
Why should the dentist make an effort so you will suffer no pain?
Dentists are human beings, and most of them are rather caring. It is important for them to help you with your dental problems, and generally also to make a living… if they hurt you, even by mistake, you will most probably never return to them, and you will definitely not send them your friends and relatives! This is the reason why a wise dentist will do everything in his power to treat you gently.
Would you like to hear another professional secret? If you sit all tensed up on the chair, your dentist senses it, and becomes tense himself. In fact, the tension that dentists sense in the course of their work is so strong that it reduces significantly their life expectancy. If the average life expectancy in the population stands at about 80 years, according to the insurance companies with dentists it is only 66 years.
A wise dentist will do everything in his power that you will not be tense; otherwise, it shortens his life…