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Nervous Patients

At The Gentle Dental, we do everything we can to make our patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

Dental anxiety is an increasingly common issue amongst adults across the UK.

Additionally, since many people feel they are alone in their suffering – this creates an additional layer of anxiety, whereby patients are nervous about going to the dentist, but also nervous about letting their dentist know about their concerns and additional requirements.

5-star sedation dentistry and relaxation experts

What can we do to help? At The Gentle Dental, we interact with many patients who suffer from dental phobia.

We understand the severity of these fears for some of our patients, whether they are having a serious operation or a check-up.

We have several procedures in place to make treatment more comfortable for our patients…

Open communication

If you experience dental anxiety, often it can be helpful to discuss the procedure with your dentist in detail before you begin.

Many anxious patients need to know what to expect, so they can mentally prepare for their treatment. Our dentists are prepared and highly willing to do this. We will provide you with a relaxing – calm environment where our team will take care of your oral health needs – all you need to do is tell us what you do and don’t like.


patients suffering from dental anxiety and phobias will be made to feel comfortable and relaxedWe offer inhalation or intravenous sedation services to help nervous patients relax before and during their appointment.

We will carry out a full assessment to ensure your suitability for sedation and decide which type is best for you. Learn more about sedation here.

Procedure adjustments

If you are sensitive or have a low pain tolerance and this is something causing your fear, we are happy to make case-by-case adjustments in regards to your treatment to make things as comfortable as possible. E.g. slowing down or speeding up procedure, increased medication etc.

We believe that you as the patient is in charge of how your treatment is completed, and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

Comfortable setting

We foster a relaxed dynamic in our practice, so patients are more likely to feel at home and comfortable from the moment they step into our clinic.

We encourage our patients to bring friends or family members or additional support they need to ensure their treatment is as stress-free as possible. Don’t worry, our front-office team will look after them while you are having your dental treatment.

If watching your favourite television series or movies makes you comfortable during your treatment, then have no fear – we have television screens on our ceilings (with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney and Sky subscriptions) in addition to bluetooth headphones and Sonos speakers so you can listen to your favourite albums, podcasts or radio station.

Get in contact today

One common mistake anxious patients make is by prolonging getting their treatment.

Many patients continue to put off their treatment due to fear, and end up creating more anxiety so when the time for the appointment finally comes they end up feeling worse.

If you would simply like to come in for a chat, get to know our dentists and our practice then we offer free consultation appointments.

If you are feeling nervous about your visit, call us on 020 8224 7562.

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