Many people have misgivings about going to the dentist's. These visits are particularly traumatic for patients with an extreme fear of the dentist or a strong gag reflex.
We know one thing for sure: The first big hurdle is booking the appointment for an examination! Entering the practice, the sight of dental equipment or the typical “dentist smell” are very problematic for nervous patients. But there is a way out of this vicious circle of fear – put your trust in us!
Dentophobia: sensitive care in Munich
As a trained and specialised dentist and practice team in Dr. Kolling Dental Practice in Munich, we will support you individually in handling your dental phobia. We will treat your worries and fears sensitively and with understanding.
It is our goal to recreate your well-being in regard to your teeth. Pain-free treatment in a respectful atmosphere is important to us. Together, we will find the best and gentlest solution for you!
Where does dentophobia come from?
Traumatic experiences at the dentist’s during childhood are often responsible for dental treatment phobia. People who experienced pain in the dental treatment chair as children can develop pronounced anxiety symptoms. This is by no means rare: Around ten million German citizens have a fear of the dentist.
Some nervous patients manage to overcome it alone, but for others a dental visit is practically impossible. They suffer from palpitations, dizziness and nausea and even circulatory collapse, and avoid contact with anything that is associated with a dental practice.
As well as dentophobia, many patients also experience a gag reflex which occurs as soon as they feel tools in their mouth or their tongue is touched. An experience with less than sensitive dentists in such situations can further exacerbate the unease.
What are the consequences of dentophobia?
For some patients, the fear is so strong and overwhelming that they don't go to the dentist for years. The consequences are often disastrous - daily cleaning alone is not enough to keep teeth healthy in the long term! Regular visits to the dentist and regular professional dental hygiene are essential if you wish to have pain-free, functional and good-looking teeth until you reach old age.
However, people with dental treatment phobia often suffer from more than just pain. It is not uncommon for them to be ashamed of their damaged, broken or discoloured teeth – in everyday life, they no longer show their teeth in a carefree laugh, and they certainly won’t visit the dentist.
Overcome dentophobia: We will help you!
Patients with dentophobia are welcome to visit us at any time. Dr. Kolling and his team are specialists in dealing with phobic patients and have years of experience. You can expect the following procedure with us:
First appointment: We won’t keep you waiting long, and will take our time to talk about the situation with your teeth and suggest a solution. Along with customary dental treatment methods, we will also explain to you various options for you to be unaware of your treatment. At the first appointment we will merely advise you. No treatment will take place.
- General anaesthesia: If you wish to have a general anaesthetic, this will be administered by an experienced anaesthetist in our practice. The anaesthetist will supervise and accompany you throughout the treatment.
- Sedation/twilight sleep: An alternative general anaesthesia is twilight sleep. The anaesthetist will administer a combination of pain killers and sleep-inducing drugs to you, so that you will be in an anxiety and pain-free semi-conscious state during treatment.
- Sedative: For minor nervousness, we offer the option of a taking special tranquillising tablet.
Second appointment: If you have decided to have a general anaesthetic, you will “sleep through” our dental work. We can carry out a wide range of treatment during this appointment (including tooth replacement), meaning that no further appointments for treatment may be necessary. You will leave the practice (accompanied) after a short recovery period with your teeth in an aesthetically impeccable, fully functional and pleasant condition.
Third appointment and aftercare: We are also here for you after the treatment. Our goal is to keep your teeth healthy for life – and our success has proven that we are right: Many patients who used to be phobic regularly come to us for check-ups and dental hygiene because they trust us and feel comfortable with us.
Get in touch with us – we will advise you personally as to what sort of help is best for you.