How to ease your child’s dental fear?
Common dental fears and solutions
The fear of dental treatments can be detrimental to those who are in need of dental work. Many children and adults are suffering from dental phobias and it is found to be one of the major obstacles that get in the way of oral care. Each kid’s fear may seem complex to oneself, until they speak about it to the dentist. An overview of the various types of dental fears may provide an insight to dental phobias, which in turn can make your child feel comfortable when they know they are not alone. The following write-up briefs are about common types of dental fears that shed some light about the subject.
Fear of the dentist
A bad experience in the past can be the major reason for fear of the dentist. The cause for the fear may be anything. Any pain felt during or after the treatment, the discomfort and the stress from the treatment are some factors that can develop a fear in patients about all dentists. This kind of fear can compromise one’s oral health. Some people will suffer needlessly until the pain is greater than the toothache before seeking medical attention. This can have a serious impact one’s oral and overall health. A good dental experience, where the dentist is very caring, can let the patients feel relaxed and the opinions of the dental experience can be reversed.
Fear of a needle
Some patients are afraid of the painful injection that is used during the treatment. This can be due to the burning sensation, lack of numbing gel or simply the inexperience of the dentist, due to which the injection is used inappropriately. An experienced dentist, who truly cares for patient’s comfort, can make the injection feel less painful. There are numbing gels that can reduce the pain of the injection.
Fear of sounds and smells
Some patients are afraid of the sight, sounds and smell of the dental practice itself. Patients commonly refer to the fear of the sound of the dental drill. Modern laser drills can help overcome this fear since they do not produce any sound. Dentists first make the patients feel comfortable during the visit. Talking to the dentist may make patients feel they are at home. In recent times, dentists are also focusing on creating a friendly atmosphere at the practice. Sedation techniques can aid the patients by relieving them from anxiety during the treatment.
The gag reflex is something few patients express when dental instruments are placed in the oral cavity. This can interrupt the treatment and cause severe discomfort to the patient. Nitrous oxide is one of the popularly used sedatives to counter the gag reflex. Your child can feel comfortable when they inhale the laughing gas. Dentists can easily focus on the treatment when patients are relaxed.