"One of the most common phobias" – overcoming the fear of going to the dentist



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DENTAL DILEMMAS – Dr. Karim Rachidi of Synergy Dental Clinics Helps Solve Dental Problems

Q. I am very nervous when I visit my dentist. Can you help?

A. According to NHS statistics, about 25% of us do not like going to the dentist – this is one of the most common phobias. If you are concerned that dentists do not understand your fears, make sure they will. We have already seen and heard all this.

Nowadays, dentists are much more understanding about these feelings and are able to offer you ways to help you when you have an appointment.

One of the relaxation methods that can be offered to you is to use intravenous (IV) sedation. This is given by an injection on your arm or on the back of your hand. Dosage amounts depend on the treatment required and the time required to complete it.

With intravenous sedation, you feel sleepy and forget about treatment, but you are still able to communicate. Intravenous sedation usually takes a long time to dissipate – your dentist will be able to tell you how long it will take. After treatment, you can release your body for up to 24 hours.

If you are afraid of needles, your dentist may be able to offer inhalation sedation – the good old gas and air. It's ideal to help you feel relaxed and soothe your anxieties.

Do not be afraid to talk to your dentist about sedation options, as it makes it easier for both parties to relax if you feel relaxed during any treatment!

For more information on dental problems, contact Synergy Dental

Blackburn Clinic, email [email protected] or visit www.synergydental.org.uk/dentist-in-blackburn

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