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Fighting Phobia in the Heart of Leeds

Monday, April 18th, 2016

585811_blogConquer your fear of the dentist’s chair with the help of City Dental Leeds.

Over 2.5 million people in the UK suffer from dental phobia – or to give it its proper name – dentophobia.  Around 1 in 23 people experience this type of fear. Whilst most phobias can be cured with professional help, only about 20% of phobias disappear without any assistance at all.

Our dentists recognise that everyone’s phobias are different, but these trained clinicians can offer a variety of treatments suitable to each person’s needs.  A popular method for dealing with a phobia is to completely face it – with the support of professional help.  Known as ‘exposure treatment’, it involves the patient imagining a list of things or situations that contribute to their phobia.  Whilst focussing on their scariest fear, they practice a series of breathing and relaxation techniques.

There are several alternative treatments available too, such as hypnosis or NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) – whereby identifying which trigger words can help patients adapt their mind frame to respond in a healthier manner.  But many dentists practice a number of techniques that treat their anxiety, rather than the phobia itself. For example, if a patient is reluctant to be operated on by use of a dental drill, it is possible to find a dentist who practices air abrasion techniques. This is a quieter and more comfortable method.

Should sedation and a numbing gel be more appropriate, these also prove to be helpful with phobic patients, but ultimately it is up to each individual what treatment works best for them.  With the dental environment filled with numerous stimuli, such as sounds, sights and smells – it is possible that any one of those can trigger a phobia.

Overcoming Dental Phobia and Taking the First Steps Toward Your New Smile

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

585811_blogWhen seeing the A-Listers of Hollywood impressing many on the silver screen or in the glamour magazines for all to see, it is very hard not to notice that the quality of their teeth is outstanding; they are straight, white and sparkly. For anyone else who does not live and work in this vibrant community, they might yearn to have a great new smile but for some reason or other do not know where to turn first.

The initial step

To begin with, attend an initial consultation. Even if you are nervous about visiting a dentist, our highly qualified professionals understand that a dental practice is not an ideal place for everybody, but every effort is made to ease any anxiety. In this initial meeting, a consultation will be made with our welcoming and understanding professionals where they will advise you on what they propose for improving your oral health and giving you that new smile that you might have been after for some time.

What comes next

After the initial meeting, it will be discussed between you and your dental professional about what is the next best step. Our dental professionals will not presume what is best for you but will discuss in great detail what courses of treatment are available to you. A complete breakdown of the prices for the treatment will be presented to you so there is no chance of any hidden charges.

It needn’t be an arduous time

So, no matter what your previous dental health history is and despite what you have experienced in other dental practices, here at the City Dental Leeds the many highly trained professionals understand this and work with you and not against you.

For further information about the many dental services we can provide for you, contact 020 7247 8057 so you can be assisted in having that great smile you’ve always longed to have.

Common Fears of People with Dental Phobia

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

283481_blogDental phobia is an umbrella term that encompasses a vast range of fears associated with the dentist and dental procedures. Below are some of the common fears experienced by people with dental phobia:

  1. Loss of control. People with dental phobia may have a fear of being out of control. The ‘turtle on its back’ position assumed in the dentist’s chair can leave people feeling defenceless, vulnerable and exposed.
  2. Embarrassment. Some people with dental phobia are so embarrassed and ashamed of their teeth that the idea of a dentist/hygienist/pretty dental assistant laughing at or mocking their teeth leaves them severely distressed. Human beings are social animals and need positive social evaluation.
  3. Needles. A fear of needles can be traced back to a genetic survival instinct and the impulse to avoid harmful objects such as snakes, lightening and, of course, needles.
  4. Smell. The notorious smell of the dentist can result in a primal fight-or-flight response in some people with dental phobia. The antiseptic ‘Eugenol,’ derived from clove oil, is responsible for the strong smell found in most dentists and is actually a healing agent.
  5. Sights. The sight of the sterile whitewashed walls, the dentist chair and face mask are all powerful visual reminders of real or imagined fear.
  6. Pain. Some people are absolutely terrified at the prospect of experiencing pain at the hands of their dentist. This can result from a previous painful dental experience or another painful and/or traumatic experience.
  7. Crying/making a fool of yourself. The fear of crying and/or breaking down in fear is enough to completely deter people from attending their dental appointments.
  8. Gagging/vomiting. Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and gagging can also create extreme fear of dental situations.

We Use A Range Of Techniques For Our Nervous Patients

Monday, February 9th, 2015

585804_blogWe understand that anxiety can be crippling for some of our patients and we offer a range of techniques to make patients feel comfortable and help them to build confidence and gradually overcome their fears and worries.

In addition to providing a relaxing, calming space, DVDs and music, magazines and hot drinks to make patients feel comfortable , we also have a really understanding, experienced and compassionate team and we will always go out of our way to help nervous patients to feel as calm as possible. We want to work with you to slowly build your confidence and enable you to come to the dentist without any feelings of dread or nervousness.

One of the most effective techniques we use to help comfort and relax nervous patients is sedation.

About sedation

Sedation is a technique, which is used in clinics and hospitals up and down the country every day; it is widely used in dentistry and medicine to make patients feel comfortable during procedures.

Sedation is used to induce a profound state of relaxation; it involves using sedative medication and it is not the same as general anaesthetic. When you are sedated, you feel drowsy, but you remain conscious; you will be able to hear your dentist and speak to them if you wish to. Once the procedure is complete, you will be given medication to make the sedative wear off and you will gradually start to feel more awake and alert. It can take up to 24 hours for the effects of sedation to wear off completely and we advise you to arrange for somebody to take you home and stay with you during this period of time.

If you are a nervous patient, we are here to help. Our caring team has experience in caring for anxious and phobic patients and we will do everything we can to provide the treatment you need with minimal stress and inconvenience.

We Have A Range Of Treatments For Our Nervous Or Anxious Patients

Friday, December 12th, 2014

585811_blogAt City Dental Leeds, we offer a range of treatments for nervous and anxious patients, including sedation. If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia or you are very nervous about an impending procedure, we are here to help; we use modern techniques and the best treatments out there and our dentists are caring, compassionate and hugely talented.

When you come for treatment, your dentist will be with you every step of the way and you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands; our entire team works to ensure that every patient feels calm and relaxed and we will do everything we can to help you overcome anxiety from the moment you arrive at the clinic.

What is sedation and how does it help anxious patients?

Sedation is a technique, which is used to help patients to feel relaxed and prevent them from feeling pain when they have medical or dental procedures. Sedation involves the use of sedative medication, which helps to induce a state of complete relaxation. When you are sedated, you don’t feel any pain and you feel calm; you don’t lose consciousness like when you have general anaesthetic and recovery time is shorter.

Sedation is a really effective way of making patients feel relaxed when they have treatment, but it also helps people to feel calmer in the build-up to a procedure, as they know that they’re not going to feel any pain. Sedation is also beneficial for patients who are having a long or complex procedure.

What happens after treatment?

When you have sedation, you feel drowsy and a bit sleepy and it can take a while for the effects of sedatives to wear off. We allow patients to go home after treatment, but we do ask for them to arrange a lift home and for somebody to stay with them. After sedation, it’s advisable to take it easy and avoid exercising, drinking alcohol, driving or operating machinery.

Flushing out your Dental Phobia in the City of Leeds

Friday, September 13th, 2013

2986104_blogAs you grow up in the city of Leeds, you may have had things happen to you that may have scared you in your youth; you may not be aware of any of these but they may well manifest in the oddest of ways as you get older- phobias. It may well develop in the way you are scared of heights- so you avoid heights; you may avoid flying, so you don’t fly. All of these you can work around; but if you have a phobia about dentists- this really could be a problem and wherever this fear of going along to the surgery and getting treated has come from- maybe bad experiences in the past or something that has happened to friends or family- it can physically and mentally scare you from going at all. Now you are drifting in dangerous waters: you need to be seen and treated, but you are terrified to go, you may be putting your oral health on the line here. You must confront your issues otherwise you may find yourself in serious trouble. Talk to someone professionally about this- either a psychiatrist if the problem is truly bad or just go along and talk to your dentist; the modern dentist is ‘well clued up’ with dental phobia and if you sit down and just talk things through, you may well find that the world of modern dentistry isn’t as scary as you thought. Cure yourself of this, and then you can start going up high mountains and getting on planes again!

Dealing with the problem of Dental Phobia in the City of Leeds

Friday, August 9th, 2013

352388_blogPhobias aren’t the easiest things to overcome in the city of Leeds; most things you can simply avoid- if you don’t like heights, then don’t walk over bridges. This sadly though becomes a huge issue if you have a problem with going to see your dentist; you know you may need treatment which is going to benefit you, but dental phobia can seriously hinder you getting there in the first place and threaten your health. Though you may not like it, you need to confront this issue head on; it won’t be easy depending on how bad your phobia is, but again you could do no worse than talking about this with your dentist. Don’t go for the treatment just yet, just sit down and hammer out a solution with your dentist; you may be strangely surprised by what you hear because today’s dentist is extremely versed when it comes to phobia and is probably the best person to get you through your problems. Break this phobia and you can start to tackle others that are ruining your life. Take it slowly at first though and at your own pace until you start to get your confidence up and running.


Banishing Your Dental Phobias In The City Of Leeds

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

A phobia of any nature, in any situation, in any walk of life can seriously damage your quality of life and if it is not confronted and cured, it can cause stagnation, make you introverted but more worryingly, breed other phobias inside you in the city of Leeds. Dental phobia is a prime example of this. If this stops you from getting to the dentists for even a basic check-up, it can lead to serious complications in your mouth that can threaten the health of your teeth and gums and in the long term, even the health of your body and that will only compound the issue even further.  It isn’t going to be a joyride, but this phobia needs to be confronted and fast, so you are going to have to get help in order to learn, understand and overcome what is at the core of your phobia. You can go to a psychiatrist for help, yet ironically, your dentist is also one of the options: dentists are well trained in understanding the psychology behind dental phobias so maybe just getting to the surgery for a chat, might just be the tonic because at least you have crossed the dental threshold. Then the more you learn about your treatments and modern dentistry, you can then decide what path you want to take in your treatments. There are also anaesthetics and sedations you can have to make the process painless- you decide, you call the shots. Nail this phobia and it will enable you to confront other problems and improve the way you live your life.