The 14th – 20th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by The Mental Health Foundation, which aims to reduce the stigma of those suffering with mental health problems and promote a happy state of mind. Anxiety is a common mental health disorder which, according to Anxiety UK, affects 5 in every 100 of us. Anxiety can take many forms, ranging from general anxiety disorder to more specific phobias and anxieties such as dental fear – of which the scientific term is ‘Ondontophobia.’
Dental phobia is common, with 12% of the population suffering with a dental phobia, and approximately half of the population feeling the fear. It’s unsurprising that Dentistry gets a bad rep, with children’s books such as ‘The Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams and film portrayals like Willy Wonka’s scary Dentist Dad personifying our fears of the dentist. At Nicolls Dental Practice we want to change this and we’re passionate about supporting anxious patients.
Talking About Dental Anxiety
We understand that, for some people, even the thought of a trip to the dentist may leave your palms clammy and that you may not have been for a check-up in many years because you fear the dentist. If you can relate to that, you are certainly not alone. We see many patients who have come to us after a long absence – be that 10, 20 or 50 years – since their last dental visit and it’s great to see those same patients relax and realise it’s not as bad as they had thought. Your oral health can have such a significant impact on your overall health, so it’s really important to maintain regular dental check ups and good oral hygiene habits.
We want to show people that a trip to your local dental practice can be as normal as picking up a loaf of bread from the shop. Nicolls Dental Practice likes to provide a safe, familiar backdrop to normalise your visit. Our dental team are fantastic with nervous patients and our bright and modern practice is also open Monday to Friday and out of hours emergency appointments can be arranged to work around your busy lifestyle. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re challenging you to face your fear as part of the NoMoreDentalFear campaign, in partnership with Anxiety UK, to help more and more people overcome their phobia of the dentist and come and have regular dental check-ups.