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Most dental practitioners put a great deal of effort into building up good dentist-patient relationship, based on the patients trust in their dentists skill and care, Yet, it is estimated that anything from 5% – 10% of the population will not go to the dentists under any circumstances, sue to an intense fear, or phobia, of dental treatment. For a larger number, they will only seek dental treatment as a last resort, when they are in severe pain or have had a tooth damaged or lost. Up to 75% of the population has had a degree of anxiety about dental treatment.
Most people who are phobic or severely anxious about dental treatment have acquired these fears in childhood. Phobias are usually considered to involve the amygdale and the hypothalamus, parts of the brain that do not respond readily to logical arguments, proofs etc. Once the connection between dentistry and danger is made(the phobia trigger), these more primitive parts of the brain override more logical reasoning in favour of the need for dental treatment. Dental phobia is most commonly acquired through painful dental treatment and where the dentist is uncaring and unsympathetic.
There are also common phobias which are not directly related to dental treatment but which may lead to patients avoiding dentistry, amongst these are claustrophobia, where the patient may be afraid of being confined in the dentist chair, and needle phobia, which is suffered by an approximately 10% of the population.
How hypnosis works
For many years it was debated whether hypnosis was a distinctive phenomenon, or whether it was only a collection of elements such as role-playing, cooperating with expectation, etc. However, more recent neurological research has indicated that hypnosis is distinct from other cognitive operations and, as such, has a particularly helpful role to play in working with problems that are resistant to reason and logical argument.
In a hypnotherapy session, skills and techniques are used to engage trust so that the patient will be willing to engage emotionally (known as rapport in a therapeutic setting) with the therapists directions. Research into neuroplasticity has indicated that an intense quality of attention is required for lasting change in the brain, which is necessary to rewire a phobic behaviour pattern. The intensity is facilitated and enabled by the trance state in which the imagination is disinhibited and focuses with a high level of power on the directions of the therapist. These directions are agreed in advance, in accordance with the patients therapeutic goals.
Most of the training required for hypnotherapists preparing to work in a general therapeutic setting involves learning how to engage the clients trust and emotional cooperation in a variety of ways adapted to the individual. Once this trust is engaged, the particular communication skills needed for dealing with the emotional and imaginative parts of the brain are used – primarily structured forms of suggestion which are more readily accepted by a patient in trance.
However, members of the dental team are in a position of special advantage in using hypnosis with their patients. The patients who will need hypnosis will be in a highly emotional state, either from fear or pain, or both. Their emotions are dominant at the time so they are highly motivated to accept relief. Research has indicated that in such a situation a rapid and effective response can be achieved by people in clear and visible roles, in a structured clinical setting.
There is a choice of levels at which hypnosis can be used in dental treatment, from providing recordings in advance of treatment for patients to practise with at home, to using trance in treatment sessions. A dental practice can chose the level to which they wish to use hypnosis, and any member of the dental team can chose the level to which they wish to train.
Researchers at the University of Uberaba in Brazil have come up with a simple solution to solving needle anxieties in children: The Angelus Alligator disposable syringe cover.
Hiding needles from children is often a difficult thing to achieve, and if not done well can lead to stressful and often unsuccessful experience. However, the effectiveness of the Angelus Alligator was presented during a poster session at the recent International Association for Dental Research (LADR) meeting in San Diego along with some accompanying clinical data.
One report stated that according to Maria Ang©lica Hueb de Menezes Oliveira, DDS, a professor in the department of paediatric dentistry at the university’s dental school, the only thing a child will see prior to receiving local anaesthesia is a cartoon looking device made of flexible rubber that fits over the needle and syringe, hiding them from the young patients eyes.
Our experience with children who were undergoing treatment at the Children’s Clinic School of Dentistry revealed that the patients were more cooperative due to less stress and fear, as they were having an injection, she told reporters. So the patient professional relationship was more harmonious during the appointment.
According to reports Dr Hueb originally came up with the idea during a conversation with her brother Fernando, who is also a dentist and professor at the University of Uberaba.
At Hereford Dental Clinic we are sensitive to nervous patients and our dentists are experienced at treating them. Call for more information.
It is now possible to eliminate the pain of injections by using a simple, reliable and inexpensive device called Vibrajet. Vibrajet offer dentists pain free anaesthesia for nervous patients and will finally remove one of the greatest barriers to the uptake of dental treatment. The device is a little battery operated vibrator, which clips onto any dental syringe. When the needle pierces the gum two messages are simultaneously transmitted to the patients brain the vibration message and the painful needle prick message. The vibration message arrives at the brain first. The brain cannot cope with two messages arriving so close together and only registers the vibration.Queens University, Belfast, undertook a clinical study involving 400 patients which showed that patients receiving Vibrajet mediated anaesthesia experienced a mean pain level of just 1.7 out of ten whereas those receiving conventional injections experienced pain levels of 4.5 out of10.
At Hereford Dental Clinic we are experienced in dealing with nervous patients. For more information call us on 01432 272238.
Feeling nervous and apprehensive is probably one of the most common reactions among dental patients who have recognised the fact that they need dental treatment – but who still hesitate to make that all-important first appointment.
“The good news is that more and more dentists now understand their patients’ fears, and with a combination of kindness and gentleness can do a great deal to make dental treatment an acceptable, normal part of life”, says the British Dental Health Foundation.
“Dental techniques have improved so much over the last few years that modern dental treatment can now be completely painless”, it says.
You need to find a practice that will take good care of you, and your first visit should just be for a consultation, when you can meet the receptionist, dental nurse and dentist, and have a chat about how you feel and what to expect next.
At Hereford Dentists we have found that with clear explanations, video demonstrations and 3D animated presentations, patients feel comfortable and their fears can be largely overcome.
Most importantly, we recognise that an increasing number of patients need a helping hand during some parts of a treatment programme about which they feel apprehensive – which is where the now routine practice of sedation is frequently used as a day-to-day solution.
As soon as you arrive for your appointment you will be made to feel at ease, before the dentist injects into your arm a slow, steady flow of local sedative, allowing you to remain fully conscious, and able to respond to the dental surgeon, but also feeling comfortable, relaxed and pain free.
The dentist will explain everything, and answer any of your questions, in advance of your appointment, but as with all sedation treatments, you will not be allowed to drive until the following day.
These days, many patients appreciate the little extra help sedation provides, particularly if they have had or heard of a bad previous experience elsewhere, have a low tolerance to pain, have very sensitive teeth, or simply feel uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair.
Sedation is also a perfect solution for patients needing an agreed amount of dental work in one treatment, such as a one-visit session for new crowns and inlays.
Take a look at our Testimonials section to see for yourself how patients have taken the trouble to let us know how pleased they have been after experiencing the ‘magic’ results of sedation, and how they can now smile at their previous apprehension!
At Hereford Dental Clinic we offer a safe method of removing silver mercury amalgam fillings efficiently. A patient recently attended and had the following silver fillings present in their lower teeth
After two visits we were able to remove all the silver mercury fillings and place white composite fillings and two dental crowns. This treatment was done under sedation and the patient was lightly sedated without being aware of what was going on. This meant that instead of four or five visits the treatment could be done in two visits. The patient was over the moon.
Sedation & Relaxation for Dental Phobia
Now days, conscious sedation dentistry is the most common method used in the UK to control the dental fears and phobias of patients. The technique is very simple and does not require needles to experience a pain-free dental procedure.
Many people are afraid to go to the dentist because of all the pain and fear that has been traditionally related with dentistry. This dental phobia is very common but what we don’t realize is that this affects our health and general wellness. Now there is a solution at Hereford Dental Clinic it is called Sedation dentistry. It is a type of anesthesia used to make your anxiety disappear; making you feel as if you are asleep through all your dental procedure. Our dentists in Hereford are using sedation dentistry with nervous patients, or on those who want to be relaxed while dental procedures are being performed.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
* Perfect during procedures that require an extensive amount of time in the treatment chair
* Sedation dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel comfortable, relaxed and likely won’t remember much about your treatment.
* People often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform
* Ideal for patients who exhibit dental phobia or have difficulty controlling their movements (Including children)
Intravenous sedation (IV Sedation) also known as sleep dentistry is a procedure in which our Hereford dentist uses a safe sedation drug to keep the patient relaxed while completes the dental procedure. You will remain conscious and will be able to respond to the dentist at all times, but will be much more relaxed.
No dental surgery is more feared than the root canal treatment. The sound of the dentist drill is synonymous with this eye-watering procedure. That’s the perceived impression anyway, but the reality at Hereford Dental Clinic is different. Root canal treatment can make the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth.
The whole procedure will take place under a local anaesthetic which should make it no more painful than any other type of filling. At Hereford Dental Clinic we offer sedation dentistry which will ensure that no pain if felt what so ever. A Dental Crown is required after the procedure to ensure that the tooth does not fracture. The root canal treatment has a bad reputation which is to do with older techniques and poor management. At Hereford Dental Clinic our dentists are very experienced in dealing with root canal treatment and use the latest techniques to ensure a painless procedure.
Sedation options range from general sedation, to IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, and a variety of other modalities that are less commonly used. Sedation is often used in dentistry to help nervous patients complete procedures in a relaxed state without anxiety. It can also make dentistry easier to perform because patients are much less likely to move at an awkward moment, which can make the procedure possibly more difficult
At Hereford Dental Clinic we use Dental Sedation which helps to relax the patient. Most patients snooze through the appointment, feel no discomfort, and have no memory of the procedures.
Many of these fearful patients begin chewing without pain and smiling with confidence for the first time in years. These benefits are often life-changing for people who have delayed getting their mouths healthy or enhancing their smiles. Sedation dentistry is even beneficial for patients who aren’t fearful, but would like to be more comfortable during lengthy dental procedures.