Dental Anxiety

Molonglo Dental Surgery

If you postpone or avoid visiting the dentist out of an unexplained fear or anxiety, you are most likely suffering from what is known as dental anxiety.

There are many reasons for dental anxiety including psychological, experiential and medical ones. We will do our best to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable as we take care of your dental needs. Call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.

Dental anxiety is no laughing matter. The proportion of a general population that report a level of anxiety over a dental visit is around the 20% mark. That is a significant number of people who by putting off necessary treatment due to dental phobia are really putting their own oral health at risk.

Dental anxiety can stem from a variety of root causes: Pain, lack of control, negative previous experience, embarrassment and insecurity about the dental state, gagging, needles, negative perception of certain dental instruments (i.e. the dreaded drill), etc.

Our healthcare professionals at Molonglo Dental Surgery will help to address any anxiety issues that you may have while offering therapeutic and medicinal solutions.

Whatever the root cause, it usually helps to involve friendly and empathetic dental professionals in the process of overcoming your dental fears. That’s how we hope you will come to regard us – as healthcare givers that you can trust and rely on.

If you are anxious about visiting a dentist, please tell us how we can help. To book a strictly private and confidential consultation, call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.

Do I have Dental Anxiety?

First of all, it is not unusual to be anxious about undergoing dental treatment. In fact, it is a normal physiological and psychological response to a stimulus – in this case, perhaps a clinical situation with a certain level of uncertainty. The anxiety may be considered as your body’s natural “alarm system” that triggers an automatic response when your subconscious mind perceives an element of danger or risk. Due to biological, situational, medical or even genetic reasons, some people may be more predisposed to these triggers than others, but that’s no cause for alarm.

However, dental anxiety issues can become a problem if you avoid seeing a dentist because of it. While there is no empirical formula to check the level of your dental anxiety, there are common symptoms associated with an acute sense of nervousness prior to a dental visit: Sweaty palms, hyperventilation, nausea, pounding heart, dizziness, sense of panic and dread, tightness in the chest.

If this sounds like you, we would like to help.

Your Comfort Matters…

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we utilise a combination of environmental, communication and minimally invasive techniques to enhance your experience at our clinic. Incorporating soothing music, aromatherapy, and advanced pain-free dental protocols, we make every effort to ensure a smooth and relaxing process for all our patients.

In addition, we offer pre-treatment Penthrox anaesthetics (inhalable form) to better manage dental pain and anxiety relief. For nervous patients, we also recommend anti-anxiety medication before the procedure. These are all safe and effective medications that offer quick relief from the pain and anxiety one might feel when undergoing dental treatments.

Of course, it is just as, if not more important to know that the whole process will be attended to and administered by a caring and respectful team of dental professionals who will listen to your individual needs before working to meet them.

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, the comfort you experience during the treatment – not just the end result – is important to us.

We encourage you to speak to us about any dental anxiety issues or concerns that you may have. To book a strictly private and confidential consultation, call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.