Dentophobia and Fear of Dentists

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How to Cope with a Fear of Dental Treatments or Dentophobia

  1. Dental Anxiety, Fear vs Phobia
  2. Causes on Fear of Dental Treatments
  3. Options for Dentophobia
  4. Sedative Dentistry Near Me
  5. Dental Sedation Care Team
  6. Fear of Dental Treatment Patient Reviews

Dental Anxiety, Fear Vs Phobia

Dental anxiety, dental fears and dental phobias is sometimes used interchangeably, however there are significant differences on their terms and meaning.

Dental Anxiety and Dental Fear

Dental anxiety refers to feeling stress or worried within a dental setting. Dental fear is a strong dislike that may lead to avoid treatment. The fearful feeling occurs only when you are faced or need to encouter the situation, it may not necessarily bother you on a normal daily basis. In contrast, dental phobia or dentophobia relates to a stronger emotion of fear.

Dental Phobia

Phobias is a anxiety disorder that cause extreme distress to the extent that you feel dentophobia will harm you. Dentophobia individual therefore avoid dental treatment altogether so much so that it interferes with their daily life. The phobia fear is so severe that the thought or discussion on visiting the dentist may cause anxiety or panic attacks.

Causes on Fear of Dental Treatments

The causes and treatment for dental anxiety, fear of the dentist or dentophobia may be similar. Individuals with the phobic fear of dental treatments do normlly more patience, time and work alongisde your dentist to cope with.

1. Negative past experiences

The fear of dentist is usually caused by a past unpleasant, uncomfortable or painful experience. This may stem from an early age. Some people may be afraid of the noises of the tools used by dentists or a past dentist may have a lack of empathy leading to an aversion to visit  a future dentist in the future.

2. Pain

Some people have a lower threshold of pain compared to others.

3. Feelings of helplessness and loss of control

Many people develop phobias when they feel the loss of control or a feeling of helplessness trigger anxiety. When having dental treatments, some people feel they are unable to see what is going on or predict and become distress if it may hurt.

4. Embarrassment

Some people feel ashamed or embarrassed to have a stranger looking their mouth. An oral problem may have bee neglected for sometime making them fel more self-conscious or fearful of receving negative news. The dentists needs to be physical close in order to provide treatment. This may make some people feel uncomfortable.

Options for Dentophobia

Mild dental anxiety and dental fears can be easily remedied by simply visiting your dentist more often insted of avoiding treatment. Inform during appointment enquiry or booking or enquiry that you have a fear of dental treatment. Find the right dental clinic and a dentist you feel comfortable with and trust.
At BIDH dental hospital, customer care team provides care for dental anxiety or patients with low pain threshold.
If you have dentophobia or are anxious about pain, highlight this to your dental care staff. They will take additional steps to ensure you feel calm.
For cases with a large amount of dental work, there are options for sedation so you are partially or not awake during the procedure.
It is not a common custom in Thailand to undergo dental sedation. Some smaller dental practices may nitrous oxide or laughing gas. There is no mandatory consistent audited controls or standard checks at dental clinics in Thailand.
Therefore, if you require sedative dentistry, your safest option is to find an accredited hospital that ensure levels of safety. Treatment, quality and safety standards do vary across one clinic to another.

Steps to Make you Feel Calm

Exposure therapy involves making several visits to your dentist in building comfort and trust with your dentist. You may start by visiting your dentist to discuss your oral concerns and worries and see the facility without an acutal intraoral exam.
With each visit, you can gradually build up your confidence for partial examinations and x-rays. And then simple teeth cleaning, reaching a gradual stage when ou are comfortable for a full appointment.
At BIDH dental hospital, our team sees a large number of dental anxiety and dentophobia patients. If our customer care and dentists are aware of your dental anxiety, we are able to schedule these brief dental visits without any pressure for you to opt for any dental treatment within your visit.

Like going to a professional pediatric dentist (children dentist), your dentist can use a show and tell technique. By talking to you what will happen, you are then aware of what to expect and and experience during your dental procedure. Should you feel discomfort at anytime, simply signal to your dentist by raising your hand to pause treatment or taking a short break to recompose yourself.

To make your dental experience a pleasant one, you can make requests with your dentist to:

  1. Have a companion with you in the treatment room during your appointment.
  2. Practice deep breathing and meditation techniques to calm down prior to start of treatment.
  3. Bring your personnel noise-canceling headphones or music to help you relax.

Sedation Options

There are a vareity of options for pain management and sedation. Some dental practices offers nitrous oxide that is a colorless and odorless “laughing gas” used as a mild sedative. BIDH dental hospital currently uses IV sedation (intravenous sedation) instead of nitrous oxide as the effect and amount of sedative medication administered can be better controlled in a safe environment. Other options for sedation include :

  1. Intra-oral Sedation with Medications
  2. IV sedation
  3. General Anaesthesia or Sleeping Dentistry

All sedatives including nitrous oxide can pose healht and life risks if they are not controlled and monitored for. At BIDH dental hospital, as experts on dental treatments, we assure all patients strict and internatioanl standards at our sedative dental clinic for a safe treatment.

BIDH is a licensed hospital following international sterilization, quality and safety standards. All our dental sedation cases are monitored by validated registered nurses and a licensed anaesthesiologist. Normal dental clinics in Thailand typically do not maintain a full-time or part-time nurse on-site for treatment.

dental sedation

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) is also known as twilight dentistry. Anesthesia medication is given intravenously through a vein to relaxes you. The amount of anesthesia or pain-relieve dosage can be adjusted to each individual. A minimal amount make you drowsy, whilst a higher dose keeps the patient awake but you may not remember the procedure.
general anesthesia

General Anaesthesia

General anaesthesia (GA) is always done within an operating theatre as it is a form of deep sedation. Anaesthesia medication is given so that you are asleep during induced dental treatments. You will have no memory or re-collection of treatment. Patients need ventilation assistance to maintain breathing.


Anti-Anxiety Medication

Intra-oral sedation is a mild sedation whereby your dentist administers medication that is taken about half an hour before to start of your dental treatment. The anti-anxiety medication helps to calm nerves.

FAQs on Sedation Dentistry Near Me

The fear of dentist and dental treatment can originate from several causes. By knowing your degree of dental fear will help to determine what are the coping dental fear options you may have to proceed on with dental treatments at your pace.

No. Sedation standards and process can vary from one dental clinic to another. There is a basic check-list of equipments and documents that dental clinics in Thailand must met to obtain a dental clinic license. However, the mandatory requirements is a minimal listing. A dental clniic can choose to obtain additional international standard certifications, but this is entirely optional.

You will have to check with your insurance coverage schemes. Some insurance do cover in-patient treatments for sedative dentistry and BIDH dental hospital supports claim forms where requested. Most basic insurance however cover mainly functional treatments.

There are basically 3 sedation dentistry types:

  1. mild sedation : taking pills or use of gas
  2. moderate sedation : IV sedation or gas
  3. deep sedation : general anaethesia or sleep dentistry

The most affordable sedation dentistry option will be for mild sedation with oral medication. Individual takes administered medication prior to start of dental treatment. At BIDH dental hospital, it dental sedation costs from 2,250 baht (approx USD 75) as a package. This mild sedation package include pain management, anti-anxiety mediation, registered nurse monitoring and standard medical supplies such as O2 oxygen Cannula and monitoring equipments.

Any sedation option can carry risks of complications, it is therefore important that you do choose a provider that follows necessary standards, has qualified healthcare staff and required emergency equipments on standby.  

IV sedation refers to intravenous sedation. There are several IV sedation drugs and medications that may be used to place an individual in a semi-conscious state. Please do enquire with your anaesthesiologist should you have any preference on IV sedation drug type and especially if you have any allergies. Your anaesthesiologist doctor adjusts the dosage intravenously based “how deep” a state you are placed semi-conscious.

During IV sedation, you remain awake. During your dental treatment, you can react to your dentist and doctor, but do not feel pain as pain relieve mediction is normally also administered during the same time when IV sedation is done.

Before any sedation option is offered to you, a medical history is always taken to check that you are fit for dental sedation.

One common question when choosing your dental sedation option is how much sleep dentistry costs or how much does it cost to be put to sleep at the dentist. In Thailand, the costs of putting you to sleep for dental treatment varies with the number of hours that normally takes between 2 to 4 hours. 

At BIDH dental hospital, its sleep dentistry costs starts at 2 hours with a package price of round 69,500 baht (approx USD2,200). I that will include the operating room charge, the post recovery room charge, anesthesiologists fee, nursing care, and standard medical equipment, supplies and anesthesia/ pain medications. 


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Sedation Dentistry Near Me

โรงพยาบาลฟัน สุขุมวิท ซอย 2

Bangkok Interntional Dental Hospital (BIDH) on Sukhumvit 2 Thailand’s official specialized dental hospital. BIDH dental hospital focuses only on dentistry and are experts within the industry as a leader on in the area of dental treatment care. The bangkok dental hospital building is a specially dental center built and designed as a conceptualized dental hospital.

Facilties offered at Bangkok Interntional Dental Hospital on sedation dentistry include operating rooms, PACU, in-patient rooms and nurse care unit.

dental operating theatre

Operating Theatre (OR)

BIDH dental hospital operating room is a specially designed theatre abiding negative pressure and strict sterilization cleanliness

post anesthesia care unit

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

After dental treatment is completed uner sedation, patients may be moved to PACU to re-couperate under the watchful eye of registered nurses.

patient room

In-Patient Rooms

For individuals that require additional monitoring or care by our nurse and doctors, there are in-patient rooms for you and family member staying with you.

Sedative Dentistry Care Team

1. Anaesthesiologist Doctors

Our anaesthesiologists are licensed and highly experienced doctors whose sole medical specialization area is on the care of patients for pain management and sedation for both medical and dental treatments. We verify all our doctors and dentists on their qualifications and good-standing. Our anaesthesiologists performs general anaesthesia almost daily. They play an crucial role on the montioring, checking of potential risks or complications when undergoing sedation and handling any medical emergencies.

Lt.Col. Krisana Nongnuang, MD.

Lt.Col. Krisana Nongnuang, MD.

  • Mahidol University (Phramongkutklao College of Medicine) M.D. (First Class Honors and Gold Medal Award)
  • Certificate of Anesthesiology, The Royal College of Anesthesiologist of Thailand
  • Certificate of Cardiovascular and Thoracic anesthesia, The Royal College of Anesthesiologist of Thailand
  • Certificate of Cardiac anesthesia, Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Koblenz, Germany
พญ. วรรณวิภา มาลัยทอง

Dr. Wanwipha Malaithong MD.

  • Doctor of Medicine, Phramongkutklao College of Medicine, Mahidol University
  • Fellowship on Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Thai Board of Anesthesiology
  • Thai Sub-specialty Board of Pain Management

2. Consulting and Treatment Dentists

BIDH team of dentists are selected not just based from their american board or overeas qualfications but also for their skill set on experience to treat and handle complex dental treatment cases.
Our bangkok dental hospital has a dedicated consulting dentist who co-ordinates your treatment plan with your anaesthesiologist and various dentists, dental specialists for a co-ordinated and successful dental treatments. Patient safety, quality-based treatment standards are at the heart of our operations.
nurse dental hospital

3. Registered Nurses

Patients at BIDH sedative dental clinic with dental anxiety or dentophobia are given special care by our registered nurses who are friendly and patient. All our nurses are certified on basic life support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support  (ACLS) to ensure strict patient safety is upkept at all times. Sedative dentistry patients are monitored only a licensed anaesthesiologist and trained registered nurses.

Sedation dentistry Reviews

Individuals with a fear of dental treatments or dentophobia has opted and travelled to BIDH dental hospital for their dental treatments. The main factors of choice considerations include:

  1. Strict patient safety focus for safe treatment
  2. High treatment standards by skilled dentists and experienced doctors
  3. Clean and sterile environment
  4. Advance technologies for diagnoses, pain management and non-invasive dental treatment (where possible)

“My name is Tracey and I live here in Bangkok, but I’m originally from England. I’m a teacher in an international school here. I have CDX disease which affects my teeth so my teeth aren’t great. At the moment I need some fillings and teeth removed. Even at home in the UK, I always have all my dentistry done under IV sedation. It took me a long while to find a dentist here. My friend has been attending here for her dentistry.  She recommended them as really nice people. And they also do IV sedation which is how I usually have my dentistry done at home, so I came and they have been absolutely amazing!

They are much more thoughtful and takes the procedure very seriously. I’ve been to the hospital for a checkup, they said lots of things that I could and couldn’t do as compared to the UK. So they’ve really looked after me! They’ve given options as well as costs options. They’ve looked after me with a step by step procedure knowing how scared I am. They’re always in contact.”

Contact Us

Bangkok International Dental Hospital (BIDH)
98 Sukhumvit Soi 2, Khlong Toei,
Ploenchit area, Bangkok 10110
Tel : 02-115-8977
Mobile : 095-517-1587

LINE ID @DentalHospital

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