Afraid of going to the dentist?
Many people suffer from massive fear of the dentist. In some cases this fear goes so far that even the preventive checkups at the dentist cannot be noticed. Even though a visit to the dentist today need not be painful and many dentists like Prof. Dr. Manfred Bender are very sensitive to their anxiety patients, they do not get the opportunity to take away the patient’s fear in these cases. A vicious circle begins, because the longer the visit to the dentist is postponed, the greater the “bad conscience”, the shame and the fear that the dentist really “finds something” that makes an unpleasant treatment necessary.
We take patients with dental fear seriously and offer a completely new service in cooperation with alternative practitioner Benedikt van Almsick:
On the telephone number +49 (221) 46 78 01 47 you can reach the empathetic alternative practitioner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:00 to 10:00 a.m., who will work with you to find a way to take away your fear of going to the dentist.
If necessary, in addition to preliminary talks, anxiety treatments with hypnosis are also carried out to prepare you for your first contact with dentist Prof. Dr. Manfred Bender.
We use only the most modern dental treatment technology and, due to our specialization in dental anxiety patients, we can guarantee absolutely stress- and pain-free dental treatment.
We advise you without time pressure and guide you step by step through the painless treatment. We take time for your worries, questions and fears.
According to statistics, about three quarters of all patients are afraid of visiting their dentist. This is often caused by negative, usually particularly painful memories of the dental treatment from the distant past. The memories mostly come from childhood, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are distorted – nevertheless, these experiences are no reason to continue to fear the dentists’ practices. On the one hand, treatment methods have changed a great deal over the past decades and, fortunately, have improved in many ways from the patient’s perspective.
As a result of the progress made in the field of psychology, it is well known that small uncertainties can grow into real phobias if they are not dealt with appropriately. The dentist of today, like everyone else who is professionally involved in the treatment and care of people, must also be adept in dealing with his patients. Education is very important in modern practices, because the fear of treatment also lies in the uncertainty of what to expect in the dentist’s chair. Especially children who already come with a queasy feeling in their stomach should therefore be explained what exactly will happen, which instruments have what purpose and what the reason for the treatment is. Most children nowadays accept the painless removal of caries when they are told what caries is and how painful it can be.
Painless treatment with sedation and anaesthesia
For some treatments and operations it is useful to work with anaesthetics. The possibilities range from a light sedation, which in principle can be compared to a short deep sleep, to a general anaesthetic for longer procedures or a short anaesthetic for procedures with an expected short period of pain. All these anaesthetics can be compared to a deep sleep phase. The procedure is usually similar: the patient comes into the practice and is given an injection which, except for a short stitch, is painless. In the following deep sleep phase the treatment is carried out. The patient wakes up at the end of the treatment and, after a short recovery phase in the practice, can go home again. During the treatment, the patient feels no pain and does not notice anything of the procedure. This possibility is used especially during surgical procedures, for example with implants.
Let us give you an appointment for a consultation
The main reason for the fear of going to the dentist is the uncertainty about the course of treatment. In order to relieve you of this queasy feeling, we offer you consultation hours during which you can ask all the questions that are burning under your nails. You can be informed about the exact course of the procedure and you will see that this will relieve your anxiety to a large extent.
If you are one of those patients who get highly unpleasant feelings, fear and damp hands when thinking about their next visit to the dentist, then you are in the best of company: around 75 percent of all people suffer from dental phobia. This can be counteracted if we know where the phenomenon actually comes from.
What causes dental fear?
As can be assumed, bad (painful) experiences are the main cause of this phobia, this has been carefully evaluated through extensive research. What sounds so self-evident, is in reality not, because there are diffuse and unfounded fears of people, for example of the dark. This is where people’s fear of dentistry was classified for a long time until it was discovered that those affected – after all, three-quarters of all people – actually suffered considerable pain at the dentist at least once in their lives, usually as a child. In our practice, we therefore devote a great deal of attention to dental anxiety. Of course, pain in the dentist’s chair cannot be completely avoided, but for you, the only pain that should be decisive is the one you have to experience. We can eliminate this by using several treatment methods for dental pain.
Holistic approaches against pain
We can relieve you of your pain with different methods. One variant would be to put you under anaesthesia for a short time with a sedative-analgesic combination. You will receive the drug intravenously, and during the entire duration of treatment we will of course monitor our patients comprehensively and in detail. You will not notice anything during the treatment, afterwards you will be much more relaxed than without this short anaesthesia. If you have more frequent treatment appointments, for example during a tooth reconstruction, you can also choose general anaesthesia. We recommend this in any case for larger operations that take place on the jaw, as well as for implantological treatments. Our patients with a dental phobia are regularly very grateful for this option. The third option for anxious patients is dental treatment under sedation. We administer a sedative that allows a controllable deep sleep.
Minimally invasive treatments
are another approach against the fear of suffering pain at the dentist. Very small instruments are used for this (microscope, magnifying glasses, very small treatment devices), so that the physical pressure is correspondingly much lower. The surgical procedure has been known for a long time from operations on the stomach or intestines; it is called piezo surgery and allows treatments in a very confined space. This inevitably minimizes the affected areas. In addition, the prospect of a minimally invasive procedure reduces anxiety and stress even before the operation. As a patient, you can therefore look forward to your appointment quite calmly.
Fear reduction outside of the treatment
It is possible to effectively reduce dental phobia outside the dental chair. For this purpose we offer dental consultations to all anxious patients and especially to children in a special way. The focus of the consultation is not on treatment suggestions but on fears. You tell about your previous experiences and the experiences resulting from them or abstract fears (mainly concerns children without negative previous experiences), we offer psychological strategies to overcome the fears directed against the dentist chair, the sounds, smells and instruments. Our staff takes a lot of time for this, you or your child will face the corresponding fear in a relaxed environment. Only the knowledge of technical terms, instruments and their function, procedures and necessary processes significantly reduces dental phobia. Visit a consultation hour together with your child in order to pave the way to a fear-free dental life.
Dental phobia or even the fear of the dentist
Dental phobia or the general fear of the dentist is a widespread phenomenon that is still underestimated in the professional world. It is not surprising, however, from a depth psychological point of view, that people are very often afraid of going to the dentist.
If one considers that humans are also living beings who bite and chew their food with their teeth in order to gain life energy for themselves and their bodies, it is quickly clear that the presence of healthy teeth is vital.
To go to a dentist with these teeth, who is tampering with these vital organs, means first of all to ask yourself if you want to entrust these valuable tools of nature to a stranger. The fact that the approach of this stranger to your teeth is relatively uncontrolled and you cannot even see everything, understandably increases the fear. It is possible that a painful experience of treatment has already taken place in early childhood or adolescence, so that this fear is now even stronger. Because of this anxiety, one may not go to the dentist for several years or even miss the important daily dental care. As a result, a basic feeling of an ever worsening feeling builds up. Damage to the teeth thus occurs unintentionally and unnecessarily.
Perhaps an unwise statement by parents who threatened to go to the dentist in childhood if they behaved badly, has also caused another psychological trauma. It is also possible that in earlier years a dentist was very rude and rough with you and afterwards you simply carry the experienced pain experience around with you and naturally want to avoid this pain and thus avoid the dental practice.
All these factors are not to be underestimated and ways have to be found to motivate and convince all these insecure people and persons nevertheless, to realize the importance of overcoming fear because of the visit to the dentist and possibly to get help with it.
If the dentist succeeds in convincing and calming the anxious patient through a gentle approach, much is gained. The right atmosphere, the absence of typical deterrent medical smells from the past, the human sensitive approach to the patient is incredibly important. Modern dentistry can offer wonderful solutions to help overcome this fear. A positive trust in the art of dentistry, but also in the human behaviour of a dental team can be very helpful in this respect and can help to suppress the fear in the future.
For some patients it is enough to radiate a reasonable calm for a treatment. For others, it may be necessary to reduce old fears through hypnosis. Still others would like to choose the path of gentle sedation, others also need the feeling of painless anaesthesia, which also depends very much on the sensitivity of the dentist.
Today, pain no longer needs to occur during dental treatment because there are enough ways and methods of treatment available to make dental treatment very pleasant and gentle for the patient.
It is also possible to convey joy and anticipation of a treatment result by means of a sensitive explanation and goal setting for a treatment with a corresponding final result. Optical means such as intraoral images of the actual state of the patient help to create and subsequently visualize the possibilities for improvement. The desire for beautiful and healthy teeth can become a driving force to overcome one’s fears, because one has a worthwhile goal in mind, which makes clear the added value and benefit of a therapy to be started. With every step that develops from this, a positive experience of the patient will lead to a steadily decreasing fear. These partial steps on the way to a stable dental situation and dental improvement transform the former anxiety patient into a loyal and convinced dentist visitor, because he recognizes the advantage for his future in terms of dental health and improvement of quality of life.
But how do you win over all those people who, out of sheer fear and dental phobia, do not find their way to the dentist at all?
The solution here is to address this fear of dentistry wisely, where the anxious patient is shown the solution to his or her problem and is taught ways to lose this fear. It is helpful here that a so-called intermediate pole is provided.Make an appointment now!