FAQs

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There are many reasons why people are afraid of visiting the dentist. This can range from a fear of needles to an embarrassment of the current state of your teeth. It may also be due to certain misconceptions of dentists. Sometimes determining what the trigger of your anxiety is can help you conquer it.

If you are experiencing anxiety, simple breathing exercises can help ease your nerves before a dental appointment. Take a deep, slow breath in through your nose lasting close to 5 or 6 seconds. Hold for a few seconds, and breathe out slowly through your mouth, taking close to 7 seconds (breathe out like you’re whistling). Repeat 10 times.

Having a good chat with your child about what will happen at the dentist can help calm your child before the appointment. You may also wish to confide in your dentist about your child’s anxiety and your dentist can work together with you to help ease your child’s anxiety.

In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial fabricated device to replace a missing body part (i.e. a missing tooth). Think Robocop and his full body metal prosthesis. In a dental sense, a prosthesis can be a crown, denture, bridge (all of which can be supported by dental implants.)

It stands for InterProximal Reduction. Which to put it bluntly is teeth shaving. The dentist will take a little of the enamel off the edges of the teeth to make room when they’re moving. Initially this can look unsightly, and feel weird when being done, but it doesn’t hurt, and the gaps created will close up – this is   often an area where people worry, but there’s nothing to worry about, as the amount of tooth reduction is only a fraction of a millimetre.

This describes a procedure or product’s ability to cut through dentin. This damages your teeth and causes sensitivity.

Dental anxiety is a fear of dentists, dental practices, and/or dental tools. This irrational fear can be caused by:

  • A prior incident during which you were hurt (even by accident) with one of the dental tools
  • The fear of experiencing pain
  • A fear of injections
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of loss of control

People with other mental health issues such as generalised anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression, stress, etc. are also prone to experiencing dental anxiety.

Yes, they can. Whilst many children are afraid of the dentist, there are just as many adults who also suffer from dental anxiety. This is common especially amongst those who had bad dental experiences in their early years or those who suffer from another mental health condition (such as generalised anxiety disorder, depression, stress, etc.) which increases their risk for dental anxiety.

It is normally very safe for children to undergo sedation dentistry, however there are certain procedures that your dentist will need to follow to ensure that everything goes well. This means you will need to find a dentist who is trained and experienced in providing sedation. It is important to discuss your child’s health, allergies, medications, etc. with your dentist so that he can decide which sedation option will work the safest for your child. If your child is particularly nervous or afraid of the dentist, sedation dentistry will help them remain calm and relaxed during their appointment.

Dental phobia and dental anxiety are similar but are actually two very different things. Dental phobia is characterised by an irrational fear and panic regarding any dental setting (dentists, dental tools, dental offices, etc.). Whereas dental anxiety refers to a general nervousness and unease when confronted with a dental issue. Dental phobia is a recognised mental health problem and those who suffer from it will completely avoid going to the dentist and may experience panic attacks when forced to face it. If you are just nervous or experience mild dental distress at the dentist’s office, then you are most likely suffering from dental anxiety.

Many patients have expressed fear of either the dentist, the appointment, the dental tools, or the thought of pain. In most cases, this fear comes from a previously bad experience during which the patient was caused pain during the appointment. In other cases, patients are influenced by stories of other people’s poor dental experiences. It is important to figure out where your fear comes from so you can begin to actively combat it and enjoy better dental experiences in the future.

This depends on how severe your dental anxiety actually is. If you experience mild anxiety or worries, your dentist will most likely use laughing gas to help keep you relaxed; if you suffer from severe dental anxiety, then your dentist can put you to sleep using anaesthesia, so you are completely unconscious for the procedure.

Fear causes dental anxiety and stress. If you suffer from mild dental anxiety, you could try meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation exercises which you could practice before the appointment to calm your nerves. You could also try speaking to your dentist beforehand, so you will know what to expect and can mentally prepare yourself. If your dental anxiety is severe, you should consider speaking to a professional who can help you identify the root cause of your fear to help you successfully overcome it.

Children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills should be sedated. A very young child that does not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion for the safe delivery of dental care should be sedated. It is also helpful for some children and adults with special needs to be sedated. This procedure is also helpful if your anxiety regarding a treatment is not manageable or may be preventing you from receiving the necessary treatment that your dentist has prescribed.

When administrated by a trained and certified professional, conscious sedation is completely safe. As with any type of anaesthesia, there are certain risks involved. However, your dentist will go through a comprehensive list of these risks prior to you receiving your sedation. On healthy patients who have been deemed suitable for the procedure, conscious sedation is, in fact, safe and effective.

The Dental Board of Australia defines conscious sedation as drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients are able to respond purposefully to verbal commands or light tactile stimulation. Patients receive medicine which helps them to relax and block pain. Different levels of sedation produce varying levels of relaxation. All types of conscious sedation cause pain blockage. It can be administered orally, through an IV or through a shot to the muscle.

Foods that contain high levels of sugar have been known to increase the chances of tooth decay. The same can be said for starchy foods and acidic sports drinks and soft drinks.

We’re sure that you remember being told during childhood how milk can give you strong bones and teeth. This is true due to the high calcium levels found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Calcium is shown to improve the strength and health of your teeth.

Somewhat. Foods such as strawberries that contain malic acid are known as natural teeth whiteners. However, the whitening effects of eating these foods are nowhere near as dramatic as say, a professional teeth-whitening service.

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