Despite the great technological and therapeutic advances that have occurred in the field of dentistry, many people continue to live with fear the visit to the dentist’s office. For this reason, professionals such, dentist of the, consider that “knowing how to deal with these cases and getting patients to relax is an essential step to solve the dental problems suffered by these people and give solution to the unpleasant pains that can cause in the oral cavity”.
In a large number of cases, patients come to the consultation with a greater or lesser degree of anxiety. In this sense, the patient’s reaction to a dental situation will vary depending on their emotional state, giving different types of behavior and anxiety: adaptive (which occurs in a normal situation, and occurs to cope with a new situation), high -media, here the patient continues to collaborate, and incapacitating anxiety is when we are facing a dental phobia. In these cases, paradoxically the patient achieves what he most fears with his behavior to fear: more pain, more consultation time, more discomfort.
As in many situations of life, fear influences more the interpretation that we each make of the situation than the situation itself. There are triggering stimuli like the white coat, the injection, the sensation of being anesthetized and not feeling anything, not being able to swallow, lying on your back, not being able to close your mouth when you want, strange sensations and tastes, perception of the damage to your physical integrity , etc. But the most frequent cause of “panic to the dentist”, without a doubt, is having had traumatic experiences, (especially in childhood and adolescence).
What can we do to end the fear of the dentist?
First, identify our fears and change our beliefs about the dentist, currently being conscious sedation a novel technique in which multidisciplinary treatment can be performed in a single session.
This technique achieves:
- Efficiently reduce nervous tension and anxiety
- Contribute to analgesia and cause a certain degree of amnesia of the procedures
- The drugs used have a rapid metabolism with minimal secondary or residual effect
It is advisable to carry out an annual review from an early age, from three years of age, which makes children familiar with the dentist and thus create a link with the professional. Currently in the first contacts in orthodontic treatments when you are a child, and depending on the experience of the child in that treatment, it will be what conditions their perception and therefore the fear or not to go to the dentist.