Dental Anxiety Melbourne
Dental Anxiety Melbourne

Dental anxiety is a common condition that may cause some people to avoid the dentist altogether. This can result in poor dental habits and oral health issues, which can lead to dental problems that result in loss of teeth or more serious health problems that may lead to hospitalisation. Our team of gentle and compassionate professionals at the Dental House are here to help you work through your anxiety and fear. Modern techniques allow us to provide a relatively painless and stress-free procedure whether you need a simple teeth cleaning or a root canal.

Dental anxiety is a common condition that may cause some people to avoid the dentist altogether. This can result in poor dental habits and oral health issues, which can lead to dental problems that result in loss of teeth or more serious health problems that may lead to hospitalisation. Our team of gentle and compassionate professionals at the Dental House are here to help you work through your anxiety and fear. Modern techniques allow us to provide a relatively painless and stress-free procedure whether you need a simple teeth cleaning or a root canal.

What is Dental Anxiety?

 

If you are afraid of the dentist, you’re not alone. Most people who avoid the dentist do so because of a level of fear stemming from a number of different reasons. Dental anxiety is characterised by feelings of anxiety or stress that results in delayed dental visits. It may be triggered by the dental setting, needles or equipment commonly used by a dentist. When serious, dental anxiety may become dental phobia, or what some refer to as Dentophobia or Odontophobia. Dental anxiety may affect someone physically and may be displayed as:

Visible distress such as panic attack or crying

Sweating

Rapid heartbeat

Low blood pressure, which may lead to fainting

Shallow, rapid breathing

Our Happy Patient

Maurice B.

Great staff. Fong was very gentle, personable and skilled. They take the drama out of going to the dentist. I am happy to recommend Sunbury Dental House to anyone.

Maurice B.

Who Has Dental Anxiety?

 
Dental anxiety can affect anyone at any age. Children may be afraid of the dentist due to fear of strangers, fear of doctors or overhearing adults talk about negative dental experiences. Adults may fear the dentist because of a negative dental experience as a child, while teenagers may experience dental anxiety if they heard their friends discuss problems with braces or other types of orthodontics. Here is a list of common reasons that dental anxiety may affect you or someone you know:

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Negative childhood dental experience
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Those with a strong gag reflex
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Extreme sensitivity of the teeth or gums
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Fear of doctors
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Trust issues with professionals
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Those with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Anxiety due to other factors including; Claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or Cleithrophobia (fear of being trapped)

We Can Help

 

Going to the dentist does not have to be a negative experience. Our team of caring professionals are experienced with those who suffer from dental anxiety, including those with just a little fear of pain to those with dental phobias. Fortunately, modern dental technology has given us an advantage, so we can ensure any procedure is pain-free and stress-free.

When you come in for your first dental visit, we can begin with a simple exam and introduce you to our team. Our dentists and staff would love to meet you and allow you to get to know us. We strive to help you feel comfortable and confident as you see you have a compassionate team ready to take care of you. All our dentists and therapists are training to be extra gentle and compassionate with all our patients. Our dental coordinators will match you with the best professional for your procedure and will go that extra mile to ensure you are confident to come back for all your future dental needs.

We Can Help

Going to the dentist does not have to be a negative experience. Our team of caring professionals are experienced with those who suffer from dental anxiety, including those with just a little fear of pain to those with dental phobias. Fortunately, modern dental technology has given us an advantage, so we can ensure any procedure is pain-free and stress-free.

When you come in for your first dental visit, we can begin with a simple exam and introduce you to our team. Our dentists and staff would love to meet you and allow you to get to know us. We strive to help you feel comfortable and confident as you see you have a compassionate team ready to take care of you. All our dentists and therapists are training to be extra gentle and compassionate with all our patients. Our dental coordinators will match you with the best professional for your procedure and will go that extra mile to ensure you are confident to come back for all your future dental needs.

Stress Free Sedation and Sleep Dentistry

 

Each patient has different needs, and at the Dental House, we will work with you to find the best technique to ensure you have a comfortable experience. If you experience dental anxiety, some at-home techniques may help ease your fear before your visit, such as:

Meditation

Deep breathing exercises

Muscle relaxation practice
Hypnosis
Of course, these methods are not proven for dental anxiety, but can be used as a preliminary to help you relax a little before you come in. To serve you better, we offer quick and proven anxiety relief, and will do our best to provide you with the most positive dental experience possible. One method we use is sedation dentistry to help ease anxiety so you can relax before and during your visit. Some sedation techniques available include:

Oral Medications

Medications may be provided that help ease you into a state of deep relaxation before the procedure begins. In some cases, we may prescribe medication before your visit, avoiding much of the stress when you arrive.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is also called happy gas, and is administered with oxygen before and during the treatment, resulting in a stress-free dental visit. Once the procedure is complete, the oxygen mask is removed for a quick recovery.

Conscious Sedation

During your dental exam, a medication may be administered allowing you to remain semi-awake; in a sedated state where you drift in and out of sleep. This technique is reserved for those with more extreme anxiety and fears.

Sleep Dentistry

This is a solution for those who are extremely fearful or phobic, and undergoing extensive procedures or more intensive procedures like root canals or dental implants.

Individual Solutions

 

While we offer many solutions for pain and stress-free dentistry, most procedures can be done with minimal levels of sedation. Technology has come a long way, and we use it to ensure you have a positive experience with the best outcome. Our goal is for you to walk out feeling your appointment went extremely well and the dentist is nothing to fear.

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While we agree that you can’t put a price on good health (especially when it comes to your teeth), we understand the reality of family budgets. That’s why we offer flexible treatment options and family-affordable pricing. You might say the only thing average about Dental House is our prices.

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Our Happy Patient

Michael D.

Great dental practice. Fong is a very experience dentist acquiring all my dental needs and the nurse emily helped my dentist experience a comfortable one. Highly recommend them.

Michael D.

Call Today

We are ready to help find the right solution for any dental anxiety you may experience. Our team of gentle and compassionate professionals has the experience you need, so you can feel confident knowing you are getting the best care possible. Call today for an appointment or consultation or feel free to ask questions, and we look forward to working with you.

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