How we can help eliminate your fear of dental injections
If you’re one of the many people who are scared of the dentist and/or have a needle phobia, be reassured: there IS such a thing as a comfortable injection! At Gunyah Dental we work hard to help patients experience a virtually pain-free injection before any dental procedure.
Many things can help to make things easier for the “dental phobic”:
- Good communication between you and our dental team will help to reduce your anxiety about the local anaesthetic. You will be given the opportunity to express your concerns and ask questions about the procedure and your dentist will explain everything to you calmly and gently. Together we may be able to identify what is causing the anxiety and work towards reducing it.
- You will have a numbing gel applied to your gum before the injection and this will help numb the surface before there is any contact with the needle. We will not be in a hurry to remove this, ensuring that it can work to its full effect before we continue.
- We will warm the anaesthetic solution to room temperature as this helps to make it far more comfortable than straight from the fridge.
- Often we will inject a small amount of anaesthetic to numb the surface area first and only then proceed with administering the rest of the anaesthetic solution. Performing a slow injection makes the experience much easier and comfortable than a fast one and allows each area to numb before going any further.
- The most important thing you can do is to keep your breathing relaxed and even during the injection. Do not hold your breath and try to relax your shoulders so they don’t tense up. Each time you release a breath, focus on relaxing your body into the soft dental chair. Your dentist will reassure you as the injection is given and the dental nurse will be there to offer any support or help you may need.
- If you need a few items sorting, to increase your comfort and confidence your dentist may suggest scheduling short appointments for treatments rather than long ones. It may help you to only have one numbing to worry about at a time until you become more relaxed about the anaesthetic process.
- In serious cases of dental phobia your dentist may be able to prescribe oral sedatives to help you relax