We appreciate that many of our patients have dental phobias and experience anxiety before and during a visit to our practice.

What is dental phobia?

Going to the dentist can elicit debilitating fears and anxiety amongst both adults and children.

This can be a result of a bad experience in the past, feelings of claustrophobia with work being performed on the mouth, or just general fear over pain.

Dental phobias can be extremely serious, not just in terms of wellbeing for patients’ mental health, but also due to the effect these fears can have on your oral health.

If you suffer from dental anxiety you may put off visiting the dentist, which can, of course, have a detrimental impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

Some common symptoms of dental phobia include:

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  • Continual avoidance or postponing booking appointments
  • Enduring pain for longer than necessary due to the fear of visiting the dentist
  • Bodily reactions (e.g. sweating palms, sore stomach, fast heart rate) when you hear dentistry sounds such as the drill
  • Bad memories from childhood experiences with the dentist

In what ways do we make things easier for our patients at The Gentle Dental?

While we do everything we can to make the experience as comfortable as possible for all our patients, we understand these anxieties can be difficult to overcome.

That’s why we offer our nervous patients the option of undergoing sedation when they come to us for treatment.

We provide IV sedation, as well as inhalation and oral sedation options.

Though you will remain awake, the sedative will cause you to slip into an incredibly calm and relaxed state.

When the treatment is over, you may not remember much about the procedure, if anything at all.

Patients who would like a sedative must bring a friend or family member to drive them home after their treatment.

The sedatives we use can take up to 24 hours to leave your system, so it may be a good idea to clear your diary for the following day.

If you have any worries or anxiety ahead of your appointment, call us on 020 8224 7562 to discuss how we can make your visit more comfortable.

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