It is often that a patient has a feeling of fear or discomfort when they need to visit a dentist office. This can cause the patient to postpone the necessary treatment only to make the problem worse and the possible solution more difficult. Fear of pain, strange disturbing sounds, duration of the procedure, feeling of disgust, previous unpleasant experiences and many other reasons constitute the dental fear.
It is a complex problem that needs patience and time in order to overcome it. The ways of overcoming the fear are individual and differ from one patient to the other, available time, necessary treatment.
During the first visit, the source of patient’s fear is determined, as well as the necessary dental treatment.
Young patients first get acquainted with the dentist and the environment. After a first few visits the confidence is established, along with overcoming the fear through preventive interventions and painless treatment, with en explanation about what will be done during next visit. Even though it seems that nothing happens during first visits, they constitute the first and most important step. Depending on the patient’s age and needs, the necessary treatments are performed and as the confidence and cooperation grows, it is possible to do more complex interventions.
Adult patients can define their fears and needs more easily, however, it takes some time to eliminate the fear. The patient is presented with the necessary interventions and in cooperation with the patient the dentist makes the intervention schedule that suites them most. For standard procedures, the patients are advised the strictly defined use of drugs for relaxation and pain relief. Gradual approach and use of drugs make possible even the most demanding interventions.
For surgical interventions, there’s a possibility of cooperation with an anaesthesiologist that will lead the patient through the interventions in so-called sedation. Patients are awake during the entire procedure, but free of fear or unpleasant memories. The fact that the patient is awake during intervention improves the cooperation, eases the post-surgical period and makes the anaesthetic intervention maximally safe.