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Need some help attending a dental check-up? How to identify a phobia with Buttercup 7 Day Dental


There are few people who enjoy a trip to their dental surgery. However, if the thought of attending a check-up fills you with a sense of impending doom, there may be a more serious issue. We talk about our phobias of our dentist in Glasgow here.

While anxiety about attending any medical appointment is normal, in relation to dentistry, if you refuse to attend check-ups due to past experiences being unpleasant, you may be suffering from dental phobia.

What’s the harm you ask? People who suffer from dental phobias are more likely to have complex dental issues, which in turn require more extensive and complicated procedures to resolve. So, if you have an issue with getting into the dental chair, it could have complicated implications for your health.

At Buttercup 7 Day Dental, our team works with many patients who have both dental anxiety and dental phobias. When you attend our dentist in Glasgow, our team will work hard to ensure that you are comfortable and can offer you multiple ways to relax in our surgery.

But, how do you know if you will need a little more help visiting our dentist in Glasgow? Read on to find out!

What is dental phobia?

Known as dentophobia, fear of visiting a dental professional is often rooted in negative childhood experiences, during which time a patient may have undergone a lot of pain and felt powerless.

Different to dental anxiety, an individual with a dental phobia will often endure the pain that could be resolved with a trip to our dentist in Glasgow, such as discomfort caused by cavities, abscesses or even lost teeth, rather than attend a dental practice.

Dental anxiety may appear similar, but our patients who have suffered from dental anxiety have been more open to accepting dental treatment to maintain good oral health.

Symptoms to look out for

Determining whether you have a phobia or anxiety can help our team establish the best way to help you when you come to our surgery.

While symptoms may appear the same, it is worth noting that true dental phobia is quite rare and may appear with symptoms such as heart palpitations, visible signs of distress such as crying or shaking and also becoming ill when your dental check-up is due.

Similarly, if you find yourself frozen to the spot in a dental surgery, breaking out in a sweat, experiencing nausea or find it impossible to sleep the night before you come to see us, then it is probable that you have a dental phobia.

How our team can help

Not to worry; we can help!

Our team at Buttercup 7 Day Dental will help you through your phobia and get your dental health back to being top-notch!

We will build a rapport with you and will offer you an initial meeting before your check-up, so you can get to know our friendly team.

If you want to be sedated during your check-up, then our team will oblige! We want you to be comfortable in our surgery and will work to help you lower your anxiety levels by whatever means possible.

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