As the UK’s no.1 listed phobia (even surpassing fear of heights and snakes), dental anxiety affects 53% of the population! This type of phobia can be triggered from a previous bad experience, from a fear of pain and needles, or the uncertainty of what to expect at your appointment.
From nervous tension to a paralysing panic, there are many symptoms of dental phobia, including:
- Racing heart beats
- Dry mouth
- Feelings of suffocations
- Hyperventilation (breathing too quickly)
- Hypertension (raised blood pressure)
The consequences of dental phobia
With such horrible symptoms, it’s no wonder why more nervous patients are brought to tears at the mere thought of ringing their nearest dental practice to book an appointment. However, the consequences of letting your dental phobia control your life can have an even worse effect on your oral health.
Missing out on your regular check-ups means that you won’t be addressing any potential issues that can arise, such as cavities which could turn very painful if left untreated, or symptoms of early gum disease. Only a trained professional can identify these issues and help you to stop them in their tracks before they severely damage your teeth and gums.
We can give you peace of mind
Here at Sarum Dental, we make it our mission to ensure every one of our patients feels safe, comfortable and confident whilst visiting our Salisbury practice. We promise that once you’ve booked your appointment and met our friendly and compassionate team, you’ll have peace of mind that your smile and your well-being are in excellent hands.
If you’ve been putting off your dental appointments due to anxiety, the Sarum dentists in Wiltshire are on hand to ease your worries and provide you with first-class, comfortable and gentle dental care. If your dental phobia is stopping you from taking the first step, our dentists would love to meet you for an informal, no-obligation chat and to show you around the practice so that you can get to know us a bit better!