Category: Sedation Dentistry

Phobias – What are they and how can you change them?

Phobias are essentially just a strong fear. There’s no real difference between a fear, and a phobia, except that a phobia is normally a more intense emotion, and as a rule of thumb, people with phobias always unconsciously remember to run their phobia patterns when they are confronted with the object of their phobia.

This might sound silly, but it’s often a serious commitment with a consistency rarely displayed in most areas of life. For example, most people see the rubbish bins on their way in and out of the house, but they don’t always remember to take them out! But someone with a phobia of spiders for example, every time they see a spider, they remember to freak out. They never forget – not once!

And what’s really interesting about that is that demonstrates the exact skill set needed to be able to get rid of the phobia forever!

As newborn babies we are only afraid of 2 things. Falling and loud noises, these are the only 2 inbuilt “natural” fears we’re born with.

Which means, everything else you’re afraid of in life, you made a decision at some point to start being afraid of it.

And in the case of some phobias and strong fears, you stuck to that decision steadfastly. You may not have been consciously aware of making that decision, and you did make it. You changed your mind from not being afraid to being afraid.

Which is all you need to do to stop being afraid, forever! Just change your mind.

The problem is, most people don’t know how they made the decision in the first place, let alone how to make a new one.

To understand that you need to understand how you created your phobia in the first place.

A phobia is, essentially, an anchor; which is exactly what it sounds like, it anchors a certain stimuli or trigger to a certain emotion or thought.

So that song on the radio that reminds you of the summer of your youth, or the cologne your grandfather used to wear that when you smell it almost transports you back there, are both examples of anchors. Your mind has linked the external trigger with a certain emotion or thought.

And that’s all a phobia is, your mind has linked a certain external trigger or event with a certain emotion or thought, the only difference is that it happens to be a negative or painful emotion.

In most cases phobias can be permanently cured in one or two sessions.


Sedation dental treatment: the key to beating dental anxiety

Sedation dental treatment has helped scores of nervous patients back to full oral health. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and is highly experienced in treating people who suffer from fear or phobia when it comes to dentistry.

sedation-dentalFear of the dentist is not uncommon: it affects approximately one in ten adults in the UK to the point where they simply don’t go to appointments, instead waiting until an emergency occurs to seek out treatment. This can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as emergencies often result in pain and the need for more invasive or extensive procedures, all of which could have been avoided with regular check-ups and early intervention.

At our North London clinic, sedation dental treatment is just one of the options we offer to nervous patients. We also have the services of a fully-qualified hypnotist, who can furnish you with techniques to help you avoid any fear in the future.

Sedation dental treatment involves the use of sedative drugs to induce a deeply relaxed and peaceful state. You will not be asleep as you would be with a general anaesthetic, which means you can cooperate with your dentist’s instructions as needed. But you will be largely unaware of your treatment and may remember very little about it when it is complete. Most importantly of all, you will experience no pain.

Our North London practice offers two forms of sedation dental care: oral sedation and intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation dental treatment is an excellent option if, like many people, needles are a trigger for your anxiety. You will be prescribed sedative tablets, with full instructions on aftercare requirements. It is now illegal to drive under the influence of sedatives, so you will need to bring a friend to your North London sedation dental appointment.

Intravenous sedation dental treatment is delivered by a small needle and takes effect almost instantly, because the sedatives go directly into your bloodstream. We have special sedationists at our North London clinic who are qualified to provide this stronger form of sedation. Again, a friend will need to drive you home.

Sedation dental treatment to beat fear of the dentist

The rise of sedation dental treatment means that thousands of patients who were once excluded from having good oral health because of fear, anxiety, or phobia are now finding a route back to a healthy, happy mouth in a stress-free environment. Adams Dental in North London offers sedation as part of its commitment to helping nervous patients get the treatment they need. Other options include hypnosis and the ability to use noise-cancelling headphones to drown out common triggers such as the sound of the drill.

sedation-dentistryBenefits of sedation dental treatment

At our North London dental practice we believe that everyone deserves a healthy mouth. But we also know that many people’s fear or phobia of the dentist is so strong that they put off seeking treatment – or simply refuse to go at all.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, 12% of the UK population experiences severe anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s slightly more common in women than in men, but can affect people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and has a vast array of causes.

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent option for nervous patients. It does not mean you will be unconscious as with a general anaesthetic in hospital – you will be awake, so able to cooperate with your dentist during treatment. However, you will be in a very relaxed state, will feel no pain or discomfort, and will remember little to nothing about treatment when it’s complete.

North London sedation dental treatment options

There are two options for sedation dental treatment at our North London clinic, and we will discuss them both in detail prior to your appointment so that you know anything you need to do before or after your appointment.

The first is inhalation sedation, which is excellent if you are afraid of needles, and wears off soon after treatment is complete. It involves breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.

The second is IV sedation, which is delivered by a small needle in your hand or arm, and requires you to bring a friend to take you home afterwards, because it takes longer for the sedatives to wear off.

How with sedation dental phobic patients can get essential treatment

Thanks to modern techniques in sedation dental phobic patients are now able to get not just the essential oral healthcare they need, but also the smile they’ve always wanted. At Adams Dental in North London we use sedation dentistry to help phobic, nervous, and anxious patients overcome their fears so that they can visit the dentist without anxiety.

sedation-dentalDr Ricky Adams, principal dentist at our North London clinic, is Dental Phobia certified, and the whole team is very experienced in working with nervous patients. We are committed to providing the highest-quality care in a stress-free, pain-free manner.

There are a number of options available to nervous patients at our North London practice, and we will be happy to talk you through them all in a relaxed and calm environment, away from the dentist’s chair. Hypnotherapy and the use of in-chair entertainment (enabling you to listen to your favourite music or podcast, or watch a film during treatment) can help a lot of nervous patients to relax.

With sedation dental phobic patients can take an easy extra step towards relaxed and stress-free treatment. Under this option, sedative drugs are used to ensure that you feel peaceful and unstressed for the duration of your treatment.

Unlike general anaesthetic used for surgery in hospitals, with sedation dental patients remaining conscious and so able to cooperate with their clinician’s requests. However, they will be in a deep state of relaxation, will feel no pain or discomfort, and will remember very little about treatment afterwards.

If you opt for treatment under sedation, you will need a friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment and look after you until the sedative drugs wear off – we will provide you with full advice before starting treatment.

Thanks to sedation dental phobia could soon be a thing of the past.