Dental Fears

Dental fears and nervous patients

Do you have a fear of visiting the dentist? Dental health is an important component of overall health, but dental phobia, dental anxiety, dental fear, and fear of needles or anaesthesia are major obstacles to receiving proper dental care. Dental phobia is the serious, often paralysing, fear of seeking dental care. It is one of the reasons many people avoid visiting the dentist, and it can therefore have serious consequences for dental health and overall well-being.

How we look after patients with dental fears

A fear of visiting the dentist is remarkably common, and this is a field in which we have special skill.

When contacting the dental surgery to make an appointment, do not be embarrassed to explain you are a nervous patient. Our sympathetic dental teams will support you through your visit to the centre.

    • Talk to us – Once you are with the dentist, explain what makes you anxious –different things affect different people, so talk to us.
    • Ask questions – We will start by making you comfortable and gaining your trust. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If dental treatment is required, remember that explanation and clarification of any and all procedures proposed are part of the service.
    • Help us make decisions – We will tell you and show you as much or as little as you want. Please tell us how much treatment you think you can tolerate at first. You can also have input into the treatment choices and decisions.
    • Lengthening appointments – As your confidence builds, the length of the appointment and the treatment carried out can be increased.

Helpful tips

It may help you to eat a light meal prior to your appointment. An empty stomach can increase anxiety and cause light-headedness. While a full stomach is more relaxing and keeps your blood sugars level. Tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks should be avoided, as these are stimulants.

In your initial discussions with the dentist, agree a “stop” signal to be used during treatment. This could be, for example, raising your left hand. This will allow you to retain complete control throughout the procedure.

Our aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible – so please, do feel free to call us to discuss your fears and concerns.

For further details and appointments call us today on 020 7353 5678 or request an appointment online here.

 

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