Far too many people express a fear of visiting the dentist. Some people live for years with significant pain and discomfort because they are too frightened to see the dentist. Sadly, ignoring oral health problems only leads to more problems.It’s the responsibility of the dental profession to allay people’s fears by ensuring their experience at the dental clinic is as easy and comfortable as possible. The Unidental dentists in Stockport are already proud of the high standard of care but are nonetheless always looking for ways to improve processes and treatments for their patients in Stockport. Dentists don’t have to be scary!
So what are people afraid of? Most think that the dentist will hurt them. Nowadays, dentists are very carefully trained to minimise pain as they check people’s teeth. In addition, modern medical advances mean that tools and techniques have evolved to enable a more comfortable and less intrusive experience for most patients.A skilled dentist can inject a local anaesthetic into any part of the gum without hearing a scream! Unfortunately, it tends to be the patients who most fear the dentist who need the dentists’ help the most and who are therefore the most likely to experience pain during their treatment.
However, having someone sticking metal tools into your mouth is not always going to be fun. This is where ‘bedside manner’ comes into its own. Patients need to feel relaxed and confident when they arrive at the clinic. They need to see reassuring and friendly staff throughout and particularly when they get into the dentist’s room. For many the array of high-tech paraphernalia in the room is impressive and quite exciting, but for others it’s intimidating. It’s at this point that the dentist really has to be at their best to instil confidence in patients and ensure the inspection and any treatments are carried out smoothly and painlessly.
TV programmes such as the BBC’s ‘The truth about your teeth’ have played a useful role in reassuring people scared of the dentist that dentistry is not a form of torture. The programme followed real cases and demonstrated that dentists are actually caring and gentle as well as promoting the importance of dental hygiene from childhood. Unidental is happy to provide a warm and caring welcome to nervous patients who need to visit the dentist in Stockport.