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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.

Dental Phobia And How We Can Help You Overcome It

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

585804_blogDental phobia is where the fear of dentistry is so extreme that sufferers refuse to attend check-ups or somehow prevent important treatments. Obviously, not attending check-ups and surgeries will have a pretty negative and potentially painful impact on the oral health of those suffering from dental phobia. Members of The British Dental Foundation found that a quarter of people admitted to being afraid of the dentist.

How can it be helped?

Phobias are, by their very definition, irrational. It would be quite easy to imagine someone being well aware that they need treatment – it’s just they also feel they won’t be able to go through with it. Thankfully, some methods of helping with dental phobia are available. One such technique is known as intravenous sedation.

What is intravenous sedation then?

Intravenous sedation makes you feel calm and untroubled by the dental procedure you are going through. You won’t be asleep, though you might find it hard to recall much of your treatment after it has finished. Some have even compared the effects of intravenous sedation to feeling a little drunk! During treatment, you will easily be able to react to questions your dentist has asked you.

How does it work?

IV sedation is gently injected. If you’re also afraid of needles, some clinics can provide a numbing cream for the site of the injection, but other approaches may need to be considered. The sedative is essentially applied through a very thin needle into a vein very close to the surface of your flesh.

Talk to us

We at City Dental Leeds will treat any concerns you have with the utmost respect. If you want to face your fears, then please contact one of our attentive staff members.


Introducing Sedation Dentistry For Nervous Patients

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

3534882_blogFor many, going to the dentist is a scary experience, but at City Dental Leeds, we are determined to help you conquer you fears and ensure that you feel comfortable every time you visit us.

Many of our patients feel anxious when their appointment approaches and for some, fear is so profound that they avoid seeing a dentist for long periods of time. If you’re a nervous patient, you suffer from severe anxiety or you have dental phobia, we are here to help. We offer sedation for nervous patients and we also adopt a friendly, compassionate approach; our team is highly trained and we have years of experience in treating anxious patients. We promise to do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable and we hope to help you overcome your dental fears.

What is sedation?

Sedation is a technique, which is used frequently in medicine and dentistry to help patients to feel comfortable when they are undergoing a procedure. Sedation involves using sedatives to induce a state of relaxation on the body and mind; it prevents you from feeling pain and also reduces anxiety.

When you are sedated, you don’t lose consciousness but you will feel a little drowsy; you’ll be able to hear what’s going on and you can talk to your dentist throughout the procedure if you would like to. Once your dentist has finished your treatment, they will give you medication to wake you up and the effects of the sedative will start to subside.

You may feel a little dazed and sleepy for a while after sedation, but you will be able to go home; we ask patients to ensure that they have somebody with them to accompany them home and sit with them until the effects have worn off completely. It’s important not to exercise, drink alcohol or drive for 24 hours after treatment.