Dental fear / Dental phobia – gentle help and protecting treatment

Fear of dental visits is a known phenomenon that we take seriously. According to surveys, two thirds of people are afraid of going to the dentist. For a minority of people this fear can take extreme proportions that are beyond a queasy feeling or mild anxiety. These people require anesthesia in most treatments and even full anesthesia. This stronger manifestation of dental fear is what we can call a dental phobia. Let us explore the causes of this particular fear:

Reasons for fear of dental visits

There are several reasons why people are afraid to visit the dentist. Often traumatic experiences in childhood are the root cause, when dentists have not been careful enough to attend to the special psychological needs of children. A bad experience during childhood is not always remembered by the afflicted patient and is hard to trace. On the other hand, later experiences such as unprofessionally performed dental procedures or traumatic root canal treatments may be responsible for the fear of the drill.
In addition, fear of injections (fear of anesthetics), a general fear of pain, loss of control or even more general fears and phobias can be a cause of dental fear.

Possible consequences of dental fear

The effects of severe dental fear must not be underestimated. A patient who is reluctant or never makes dental appointments starts a vicious circle of dental problems and procrastination. Only a dentist can detect possible dental problems early. The longer the wait the higher the risk of deterioration and growth of disease. Inflammation, tooth ache, problems of gums and jawbones and impairments of chewing and digestive functions are but a few of the consequences. In the long run this makes treatment even more inconvenient as even more work is necessary as the condition is exacerbated by the patient’s delay.
Very often the impaired health that many patients suffer from also have severe social consequences. Bad breath, rotten teeth and severe discoloration will inhibit the instinct to smile and laugh. Affected patients shy away from spontaneous expression, because of the state of their teeth. They are afraid to open their mouth or talk to other people and even cover their mouth with their hands out of shame.
Unfortunately, these patients who already have a fragile self-esteem are now doing further damage. Social withdrawal may be the result.

But all of this doesn’t have to be! Let us be there to guide you.

Painless treatment – gentle, friendly, safe and tailored to you:

In our office, we focus on people. That means: you.
Talk to us first. Tell us about your experiences and fears. We will listen. It is our pleasure to create an environment for you, where you can talk to us one-on-one in all confidentiality. We give you the opportunity to discuss and plan possible examinations and treatment options in detail. When we get to treatment, all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Are you afraid of drills? No problem. We simply use our touch-free and quiet laser and spare you the unpleasant noise of drilling. We also use intraligamental anesthesia (ILA), a gentle, modern way to apply anesthesia in the lower jaw. We only numb the tooth that is to be treated and not half the jaw, as is usually the case. We receive a lot of positive feedback from our patients for the gentle anesthetic technique of Ms. Med. Dent. Marinescu. Many people never even notice that a syringe was used!

Nevertheless, dental fear can be so great that treatment is impossible without some kind of apeasing medication. If desired, we can give you a sedative before the treatment. In this case you should come accompanied by a person, who can drive you home and monitors you until it wears off.

To overcome dental fear positive stimuli are needed, ie. positive experiences at the dentist. For example, with pain-free treatments. In addition to making use of the tools of modern dentistry that we have at our disposition, we always handle patients with anxiety with respect and make it our heartfelt task to build a lasting relationship with them in particular, as well as all our patients. We’re here for you. Together we can beat the fear.