Originally Posted by Miranda_
I've always had a phobia of needles. Last time I had to go to the dentist, I was hyperventilating and crying cuz I was so scared. But I knew I had to have the shot, so I just stuck it out.
aww<3 honestly you don't know how many times I have to hear statements like this when I get patients in. I feel soo bad when I have some one with a needle phobia in my chair. I have never been a person who likes inflicting pain on some one physically or mentally so when I see some one that scared in my chair and so valnuarble it really is upsetting. We are still being trained on how to help people cope with needle phobias and I have to say that it is the most difficult skill we have to learn in school because its pretty common, but its really hard to convince people that its for the better withotu scaring them even more.
Generally when people come to the dentist to get a procedure done that requires anesthetic they belive they are going through surgery which sadly sometimes is the case. What I have been doing which helps with more minor phobias to needles is having the syringe covered so its not seen. Its bad enough that an individual with a phobia has fear of a needle and knows there getting it but the least I can do is not blaintly put it out on the counter for them to get a good look at it.
With the patients with a more severe phobia of needles I try calmly talking to them about other things but sadly it doesn't always work. I even let them bring ipods and stuff animals for distraction but sometimes thats not even enough.
Yesterday I was assisting my professor in perio-surgery( surgerical repairing of her gums) and my prof administered the anesthetic and the person wacked it right out of his hand.. The needle could of punctured him or I from that sudden movement so that was a truly scary experience for me yesterday.
I am not 100% sure if patients are overthinking whats going to happen or thye just simply don't trust us. Maybe a combo of the both. Possibley from a bad experience perhaps? Thats why we are trained in preventative dentistry and NOT restorative dentistry as being the true calling of our practice. Meaning we rather you the patient come in for a polishing some fluoride and then get a toothbrush and a toy and be on your marry way. More people would be happy to see us if that was always the case. Where as restorative dentistry always requires things being altered or restored because the natural anatomy of a mouth is unhealthy. Sadly resulting in anesthetic always being required.. Which people don't like and thats a huge reason people don't like seeing us..
I am glad some one posted this topic as it really helps my learnign to hear what I could do for my patients if they have a phobia.