What are your feelings, thoughts and behaviour when you are confronted with dental treatments or a dentist?
- Are you anxious and afraid of going to a dentist or having dental treatments?
- Are you embarrassed by the state of your teeth and therefore avoid going to a dentist?
- Have you had bad dental experiences or did horror stories of friends’ dental experiences bring on anxiety and stress?
At Hockerill Dental, we understand that people can feel anxious when it comes to dental treatments. We know that patients may feel uneasy and apprehensive before their appointments.
For this reason, we have worked very hard to create a calm environment in Bishop’s Stortford and a team that is dedicated to helping you achieve your dental goals in a comfortable and relaxing way.
Differing Levels of Anxiety
People experience fear and anxiousness due to a variety of reasons. We find that everyone falls on a spectrum of various types of anxieties related to the dentist or dental treatments.
This can be mild anxiousness at one end of the spectrum to a full-blown anxiety disorder at the other. We know that your fear is very real. You might feel threatened as if something terrible is going to happen. You start worrying and speculating with questions such as, what if this happens or that happens? Then you start thinking it is going to happen. Before you know it, you start getting anxious thoughts and feelings of your life being in danger.
Even your physical body starts to react by sweating, your heart rate goes up, and you get yourself into a state of high emotions and a physical reaction. This happens all because of what you think. The unknown of what to expect combined with the feeling of being out of control paired with the invasion of your privacy and mouth brings about unrealistic thought patterns. These thoughts make you feel unable to cope with the outcome.
We have experience with this and can help you overcome your barriers to dental treatment. We want to reassure you and know that you will be in an understanding environment in the beautiful county of Hertfordshire. Our well-trained team is here to take care of your needs. Remember, you are in control every step of the way, and we are here to work with you.
How We Help You Overcome Your Inhibitions
At Hockerill Dental, we have a highly experienced team that understands what you are going through. We help you overcome your apprehension or nervousness and we are there for reassurance every step of the way. Talk to your Hertfordshire dentist about your concerns and let us help find a way forward for you.
Customised Treatment Planning and Information
We tailor our assessment and treatments to each person and their particular type of anxiety. One of the main reasons people tend to worry when it comes to the dentist is due to the uncertainty of the procedure or process.
Hence, we like to keep each person informed before every step or stage of treatment. We have found that merely having prior knowledge of what is about to unfold and having all your questions answered fully is sometimes enough to manage your particular type of anxiety.
Helping manage patient anxiety is something we are experienced in doing, which is why we involve you in our treatment planning. This way, you know exactly what to expect on each appointment, why we choose particular treatments and how long each appointment will be.
Other Anti-Anxiety Techniques
There are various things that can help alleviate your concerns, which include:
- Calming music
- Booking additional appointment time so treatments do not feel rushed
- A calm environment
- Special numbing gels and injections that are absolutely painless
Our Bishop’s Stortford dentists are always on hand to help you through every step of the process.