NERVOUS PATIENTS

If you dread the thought of visiting the dentist you are not alone.

It is suggested that 1 in 10 of us have an exaggerated fear associated with visiting the dentist.

An early childhood experience at the dentist or having undergone a complex procedure many years ago may have triggered a degree of dental phobia.

As a result of this nervous patients avoid visiting the dentist which means that over the years problems can build up.

Anxieties are commonly linked to the anticipation of pain or loss of control but also the associated sounds and smells of visiting the dentist become part of the picture. Advances in dental training, techniques and technology mean that a visit to the dentist nowadays is worlds apart from what used to be the norm.

Our approach to nervous patients

Welcome
The first thing we do is provide you with a relaxing environment and friendly staff who will welcome you from the start and let you know you’re in safe hands.

Communication
We believe that communication is the key and we always allow time before your treatment to explain what will happen and answer any questions you may have to help put you in control. We are able to carry out consultations in a non-clinical environment if you feel this would help

Techniques and Technology
A common dental phobia is a fear of injections but for some treatments anaesthesia is essential to provide a comfortable experience. We are confident that by taking our time, using topical numbing gel and having a skilled technique we can provide a comfortable injection for most patients. However we do also routinely offer the WAND™ as an alternative to the traditional syringe which is a computer controlled dental injection system. With the WAND™ the flow of anaesthesia is computer controlled so delivered at perfect speed and therefore without discomfort. The WAND™ is particularly popular with our more anxious patients and with children.

Early identification of problems
Decayed or damaged teeth can cause sensitivity or pain. They are susceptible to infection and if left unchecked this infection can spread to the root of the tooth which commonly causes significant pain and discomfort. By seeing our patients regularly for routine examinations and hygiene appointments we endeavour to prevent problems occurring or at least catch them in the early stages and thus avoiding painful teeth and gums and the need for treatment.