More than 25% of UK adults only visit the dentist when they have a problem, according to figures from National Smile Month. The reason this isn’t good news for the nation’s teeth is that once a dental problem is obvious, it can be almost too late to treat it. Only a dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease and tooth decay when they are at an easily treatable stage.
Most modern UK dentists advocate prevention and urge patients to have regular check-ups to avoid such difficulties, rather than waiting for the point of no return. However, it’s comforting to know that, if the worst does happen and a tooth or teeth do need to be replaced, it’s simpler than ever to get a highly functional and attractive restoration with dental implants in Birmingham. Many practices in the city, such as the Sutton Implant Clinic, have a proven track record in fitting these wonders of dental technology, which replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
However, if the reason someone has waited to see their dentist until they are in pain is because they experience dental phobia, having dental implants in Birmingham may feel like a total no-no. The phobia can range from a slight reluctance to go to the surgery to a full-blown panic attack at just the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Good news then that many dental practices that fit dental implants in Birmingham also have a wealth of experience in working with nervous patients.
There are many techniques on offer to help those who suffer with dental phobia. First of all, sitting down and calmly and clearly explaining every aspect of the procedure can do a lot to put a patient’s mind at rest. A warm and friendly demeanour from the reception and clinical staff also goes a long way to reducing anxiety.
And for the actual surgery, patients can opt for conscious sedation. This is a tranquilliser that soothes the nervous system, promoting feelings of relaxation and calm. It can be taken as a tablet, an injection or inhaled as a gas. Patients remain conscious throughout the treatment and able to respond to questions.