Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments any more than they look forward to visits to a physician. Most dental procedures aren’t painful. However, just being examined can make people feel stressed.
Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist. For those with dental phobia, however, the thought of a dental visit is terrifying. They may be so frightened, in fact, that they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dental appointment. A phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear. People can fear a specific activity, object or situation. People with dental phobia often put off routine care for years or even decades. To avoid it, they’ll put up with gum infections (periodontal disease), pain, or even broken and unsightly teeth.
In the Netherlands there are close to one million people who experience severe anxiety, dentist fear or phobia towards a visit to the dentist. These people regularly skip annual check-ups with all the relevant negative consequences and often present with problematic teeth, gums and molars.
The cause of anxiety or dentist fear
The causes of fear of the dentist are diverse and in many cases originate in childhood.
The most common causes of anxiety are:
- Bad experiences with the (school) dentist
These experiences can remain with you and increase your fear of the dentist.
- Experiences of third parties
Under this resorts horror stories and experiences of others, including parents, who typically also have anxiety or fear of the dentist.
- Sound of the drill
This causes constant fear of pain, especially drilling through nerves or the tongue.
What does Tandarts Jordaan do to combat dentist fear?
At Tandarts Jordaan we understand that patients may experience anxiety or have a fear of the dentist. This is why we find it important to listen to you, the patient. We take the time to explain to you what you may expect and what the ensuing treatment precisely entails. By proceeding at a steady, unrushed pace, taking our time and maintaining good rapport with the patient, we have helped many patients through their fear of the dentist.
Are you looking for a dentist with experience and empathy in dealing with people who have a fear of the dentist? Make an appointment at Tandarts Jordaan and choose a date and time that suits you. Tandarts Jordaan is open until 10:00 pm on several days of the week, if your choice is to come by in the evening. In addition, Tandarts Jordaan is also open on Sundays. If anything is unclear, please contact us right away.
About Tandarts Jordaan
At Tandarts Jordaan, your Amsterdam dental clinic, we treat a wide variety of dental problems related to the teeth, mouth and jaw. We provide in-depth treatment planning with low radiation digital x-rays, aesthetic and cosmetic dental options, as well as specialist treatments such as root canal treatments, dental implants, crowns and bridges. If you need emergency dental treatment options you can call our office and schedule an appointment promptly.
The staff at Tandarts Jordaan consists of experienced dentists and licensed dental assistants who will make your comfort and satisfaction their number one priority. Patients are continually monitored during treatment, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to answer any questions or concerns.
Award winning Amsterdam dental practice
A dentist appointment might not be your preferred appointment however we have tried to make the practice pleasant and inspiring while at the same time state-of-the-art, offering the latest dental and hygiene solutions.
Government controlled dentist prices
If you wonder if the prices at Tandarts Jordaan are higher then in other practices, you can rest assured. The Dutch dental prices are government controlled which means that your dental treatments will cost the same at each Dutch dental practice.
"I've been very satisfied going to Tandarts Jordaan for many years. Everyone working there is very knowledgeable. They are always happy to help me at any given time. The fact that they have convenient opening hours also helps, which is nice when working full time."
"I think Tandarts Jordaan is a very nice clinic. The staff are friendly and my dentist is very nice. I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed and everything went smoothly and straight forward with minor pain. I'm very happy with the result. Another good feature is that I am able to make and control my appointments on-line, very convenient. So thank you!"
“I am very happy with the service at Tandarts Jordaan. Even the bigger procedures that usually are known to be very painful are fine. They take their time to explain the procedures but work quickly. Also, being able to book an appointment online is very convenient for me."