Dental Anxiety & Phobia

Normalising Nerves and Anxiety about your Dental Visit and Creating Positive Relationships with Your Dental Health

A visit to the dentist for many people can sometimes invoke uncomfortable feelings and emotions. Unfortunately, some individuals early on in their childhood are subject to a traumatic experience in the dental clinic. This can create somewhat of a conditioned response to the dental experience, which can sometimes last for quite some time. Fortunately – those uncomfortable days can now stay in the past.

Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia are all different aspects of a similar, but varying emotional and behavioural experience. Here is some information on their differences, signs, and how they are cared for at Victorian Dental Group.

UNDERSTANDING DENTAL ANXIETY, FEAR & PHOBIA - ARE THEY THE SAME?

Dental Anxiety often proceeds the Dental Visit (Similar to the way that you may experience anxiety before going on a roller-coaster). Dental Fear is a triggered response to a particular situation, and Dental Phobia is a clinically diagnosed psychological condition that represents the marked fear and avoidance of a stimulus or situation (which in our example, is the dental visit).

IS BEING NERVOUS OR ANXIOUS ABOUT GOING TO THE DENTIST NORMAL?

Yes – it is important to know that a small level of anxiety is quite normal with any medical or health procedure. However, if this anxiety begins to interfere with your day to day life, or prevents you from visiting the dentist when necessary – it may be good to talk to your General Medical Practitioner about visiting a Psychologist to discuss different opportunities to develop positive associations with your dental health.

The team at Victorian Dental Group are very passionate about ensuring that each and every visit to their clinic is as positive and comfortable as can be.

Supporting the reduction of anxiety in the dental clinic

3 key steps to helping you take control of your dental health experience.

REDUCING DISCOMFORT AND PAIN AT THE DENTIST.

The team at Victorian Dental Group have invested in a multitude of techniques that allow for a reduction in the use of the Dental Drill itself. In addition to the creation and use of stronger topical (cream-based) anesthetics, and local anesthetics, the experience of discomfort and pain can be decreased. The team have also purpose-built a clinic environment with comfort in mind – the chairs are incredible comfy; they often have many clients falling asleep! Click here to learn more about their Technology.

A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF FEES & COSTS AT THE DENTIST.

The VDG team believe in complete transparency of costs before any treatment. This is why we publish our fees on our website! When you visit the clinic, you are presented with a treatment plan that requires you to accept and authorise the associated costs prior to any new or unscheduled treatment.

In addition, the clinic has also set up partnerships with Afterpay, Openpay and ZipPay, which allows for the payment of treatment over a period of 6-weeks to 3 years. Click here to learn more about Payment Options

REDUCING JUDGEMENT OF ORAL CONDITIONS & STIGMA.

Sometimes anxiety about the dental visit can arise from a concern about being judged for (a) not visiting the dentist is a very long time, (b) a concern about your oral status that is causing embarrassment. The primary objective of the VDG team is compassion and understanding when carrying out dental care. They are advocates for helping their clients reach their goals and alleviate their concerns. There is absolutely no social judgment or ‘harsh lecturing’, the team are there to support you and your needs.

SUPPORTING YOUR DENTAL HEALTH EXPERIENCE.

It is important to remember that there are support networks all around you and that the dental practitioner is a part of that support network. The dental practitioner should also be sensitive to any dental related anxieties, fears or phobias. A VDG practitioner acknowledges the genuineness and legitimacy of all levels of anxiety, with or without a clinical diagnosis from a psychologist.

Finally, it is important to have an open dialogue with your dental practitioner. Let them know that you are anxious, so they can tailor their approach, treatment, and your experience to suit your individual needs – because to the VDG dental professionals, that is what matters most of all.

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