If the very thought of visiting a dentist makes your heart race, you’re not alone.
As a Dentist who tends to focus on helping Nervous Patients for the vast majority of the week, it’s something I encounter every day
Stats out there from the Oral Health Foundation suggest the problem is large and growing with over 10 million of us in the UK suffering from some form of dental anxiety.
I share this because it’s important to know that it is very common – so that you don’t feel like you’ll be judged.
Whether because of bad past experiences, expectation of pain and the intrusiveness of treatment or simply fear of the unknown, dental anxiety is a real and common feeling for many.
The good news is that modern dentistry has evolved to understand and cater to these concerns.
There are Dentists who are well-equipped to help. Here’s a quick guide to find that perfect dental haven where you can get that dazzling smile without the stress!
Sedation to Ease Dental Anxiety
Sedation is a good option to consider for those who are particularly nervous. Dentists might offer IV Sedation or Inhalation Sedation.
Most adults opt for IV Sedation over Inhalation due to its deeper sedative effect, and it’s good to explore the pro’s and con’s of each option depending on how nervous and anxious you feel.
The effect of sedation ranges from relaxation to a light sleep. Your dentist will ensure you’re safe and monitored throughout, no matter what level of sedation you choose.
If you think this is the right option for you, discuss it with your dentist to see what options are available.
Finding a Calming Environment
Plot twist: dental practices don’t have to be cold and clinical.
To find the best dentists for nervous patients, take a look into the environment of the practice.
Hunt out google reviews that talk about the team, the waiting room – how it makes people feel before their appointment.
The environment goes a long way to either decreasing or increasing nerves if you’re dentally anxious.
From comfy chairs and warm colour schemes to gentle lighting and soft background music, there are many ways to help put you at ease before and during your appointment.
I’ve always believed a dentist-patient relationship thrives on trust.
Find a dental team who listens, explains, sets expectations and asks for feedback. It can make the world of difference.
As a Dentist who caters to nervous patients pretty much every day, I will treat you as a partner, and tailor treatments to your needs and desires.
After all, there might be the “best” clinical outcome, but if thats not exactly what you want, then we’re not getting the best end result together.
Quick plug: if you’re nervous and on the look out for a new Dentist, we offer free consultations to “meet and greet” the team and get a sense of how you’ll be cared for. You can book those here.
The Final Word
With Dental anxiety affecting over 10 million in the UK, it’s an ever growing problem for many. The good news is that there are plenty of Dentists for nervous patients out there.
When searching for a dentist, consider sedation options – IV or Inhalation – to ease nerves. Look for a comforting environment with cosy waiting areas and a supportive reception & nursing team so that you feel trusting and confident with your care.