No more fear!

People have an inborn ability to feel fear.
Most of us have had different experiences with medical procedures. A painful memory comes with negative emotions, anxiety and stress that lead to fear. Therefore, the Clinic devotes a lot of attention to stress management and fear control under the programme called While You Were Sleeping.

One-third of all fears are acquired by learning from the surrounding environment and two-thirds —through personal experience. A patient who underwent a painful dental treatment procedure may have a negative attitude towards such procedures. Irregular dental visits and avoidance can lead to fear of dental treatment. It is possible to learn to be afraid of dental treatment from the surrounding environment, i.e. family members, friends and colleagues. Five percent of all patients who are afraid of dental treatment cannot indicate a specific reason for avoiding dental visits.

Children can definitely learn to be afraid of dental treatment from their family members, especially if fear is demonstrated. Even though the clinical practice can easily identify the impact of parental fear on the behaviour of a child during dental treatment, parents tent to excuse the inappropriate conduct of children rather than acknowledge their own anxieties of fears. Some parents come to a dental clinic with exaggerated anxiety and pass over this emotional state to their children. The parental influence on the ability of children to appropriately perceive frightening situations is obvious and extensive.

The learned fear-conditioned behaviour can be observed in the generation that grew up without dental caries. Most of such children have never experienced dental pain as they only had preventive check-ups. Still, most of them are very much afraid of dental treatment. This can be explained by the behaviour learned from other people.

There is a lot of evidence showing that children and adults who are afraid of dental treatment have poorer oral health indicators compared to those who have no such fear. It is especially worrying that the prevalence of caries among school-age children in Lithuania (up to 15 y.o.) amounts to 96 percent.

If a dental appointment is associated with stress, various biologically active substances are produced in the patient’s blood. This causes rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, increased blood reassure, dilation or contraction of blood vessels, and increased level of glucose in the blood. This may have negative or even critical effects on the health of a patient.

Sedation is a short-term medication-induced suppression of consciousness, which can manifest as drowsiness or sleep. A patient can be easily woken up after the procedure. During the sedation, anaesthesiologist monitors the heart rhythm, blood oxygen level, arterial blood pressure and respiration of the patient. The patient and dental specialist are both provided with comfort during a surgical intervention or treatment as the patient is relaxed, feels no stress, anxiety or fear, and the time passes much faster. The dental specialist can perform planned procedures safely and at the required level of quality. After the intervention, the patient must be accompanied.

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