10 ways to overcome fear of the dentist

It might be the season of fright but for some of our patients fear of the dentist lasts all year long. If that's you, we’ve got some top tips to get you back in the dentist’s chair

Does the thought of going to the dentist leave you spooked? We want all our patients to feel as relaxed as possible. That’s why we’ve put together 10 tips and facts to take the fright out of your visit.

  1. You’re not alone!

Did you know one in four people have a fear of the dentist? Often, our fears are much scarier than the reality. We want to fix your pain, not cause it, which is why we invest in the best technology for a more pleasant patient experience. You can rest assured that you’ll feel much better after you leave than before you came in.

  1. Improving your smile, not ruining it

Unlike the gung-ho dentists of the past, we specialise in minimally invasive dentistry to ensure we don’t do more work than is necessary so you shouldn’t suffer from persistent problems. We also offer EMS Air-Flow technology which effectively removes plaque from teeth without contact.

  1. Talk it through with us

We’re a friendly modern surgery in the heart of Notting Hill and always want to meet new faces. Ask our receptionist if you can make a special 5-minute appointment to see the surgery. Letting us know you have dental anxieties means we can make your visit as comfortable as possible and even talk through anaesthesia options with you.

  1. First times aren’t so bad

Unless you’re in a lot of pain and need emergency treatment, your first visit will simply be a check-up of your teeth, gums and jaws. If you do need a little work, we’ll discuss it with you, answer all your questions and invite you back another day.

  1. Come for a clean

If you want to acclimatise to the sights and sounds of the surgery, why not book a clean with one of our friendly hygienists first?

  1. Stress relief

Whether breathing techniques, meditation or listening to soothing music help you relax, taking a few minutes to do this before your appointment can help balance your mind and settle your nerves.

  1. Go early

Book an early morning appointment so you have less time to get worked up during the day.

  1. Agree on a code

If you’re concerned about pain, devise a signal with your dentist so they know when to stop. Then they can give you a break if you need one and address any worries.

  1. Invite a friend

Does your fear make you feel alone or trapped? Bringing a friend or family member can give you the emotional support you need.

  1. Get support

When your fear of the dentist interferes with your life or stems from a generalised anxiety or medical disorder, speak to your GP. They can signpost you to counselling or other support services to help you tackle those stresses.

We don’t want you to ignore your dental health and risk making things worse. So speak to our team on 0207 792 2333 and we’ll be able to offer you the best solutions to make your visit as comfortable as possible. And remember, we’re not as scary as you think!

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