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.
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.
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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