You’re not alone – many people around the world feel anxiety when they think about the dentist. At Meadowbank Dental Practice, we take great care to ensure that you feel comfortable and welcome. Visiting the dentist in Edinburgh has never been easier.
For some people, the fear of the dentist comes from a negative dental experience. Times have changed and with them, so has the technology. You can be certain that every effort is made to put you at ease.
The following article will give a few tips and tricks on ways to overcome your fear of the dentist. Let us know if you have any questions!
If the thought of a visit to the dentist in Edinburgh leaves you with sweat beads around your brow, then consider starting with small procedures at our Meadowbank Dental Practice. You can come into our practice for a general check-up, where we’ll simply explore the regions of your mouth, tongue, gums, teeth and cheeks.
This is a good way to get used to the dentist’s chair, the lights, sounds and the dentist. By familiarising yourself with your surroundings, you’ve taken one more step towards overcoming your fear of the dentist.
We offer sedation for patients that request it
Speak to us about the kinds of sedatives we offer at Meadowbank Dental Practice. Usually, we give our patients pills or administer an IV. Under sedation, you’ll be awake and aware of what’s going on, but you won’t feel any pain. A potentially negative experience because of anxiety, can now be a pleasant occasion with the use of sedation.
Please let us know during your consultation if you’re on medication of any kind or if you have a medical history that’s important to share with us. Pregnant or lactating mothers should also inform us before we offer sedation.
How can I help reduce any dental anxieties my family and I might have?
If one, two or many members of your family are afraid of the dentist, there is a way to encourage each other. This is a good time to visit the dentist together and to support each other during the procedure. You can also make it an annual fun day, where you go to the dentist, followed by a movie, bowling or having dinner at an upmarket restaurant. The more support during a visit to the dentist, the better!
Speak up before (or during) your procedure
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to chat with us about them. We want to stress the point that no question is stupid, and you have every right to be in the know. If you’d like to, we can also discuss signals to use during the procedure. The signal will indicate that our dentist should stop. If during the actual procedure, you’re uncomfortable or feeling anxious, please use the signal.
Meet us – let’s talk about your fears
Perhaps the best way to overcome your fear is to pop in for a chat and to get familiar with our surroundings. Meet our dentist in Edinburgh, see the venue and then leave. It may seem small, but it’s a stride in the right direction. We hope to meet you soon!