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Phobic patients more vulnerable to dental decay

Phobic patients more vulnerable to dental decay

A new study reported in the May/June issue of Oral Health reported that patients with a fear of the dentists are more likely to have dental decay or missing teeth. The study was conducted by King's College London and published in the British Dental Journal.

There were 10,900 participants, of whom 1367 were identified as dental phobic. People with dental phobia were identified as more likely to have caries (tooth decay) in comparison with non-phobic respondents, and were likely to have one or more missing teeth. They also showed that the phobia had a high impact on their quality of life, affecting their physiological, psychological, social and emotional well-being; this impact contined even when levels of dental disease were controlled.

At Elmsleigh House we understand that some people have a fear of dental treatment, and it takes a lot of courage for people to come and visit us. Our friendly and experienced dentists will take time to chat through any past dental experiences and take small steps to gradually build up your confidence in us. 

We offer patients local anaesthesia with modern anaesthetic gels to make injections painless. If you are especially nervous about dental treatment, we also offer a range of sedation options, such as inhalation sedation, oral sedation and intravenous sedation, to enable you to access the dental care you need.

Call 01252 713797 to book a new patient appointment with us, and let us help you keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition.

 

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