Dentists for Nervous Patients across Essex

Based on 126 reviews

  • Sedation: we offer IV & Inhalation Sedation in house to help you feel relaxed
  • Compassion & kindness: we’ll show you nothing but understanding and warmth
  • Non judgement: no matter how long you feel like you’ve left it, you’ll never be made to feel embarrased
  • Trust: you’ll walk away feeling trusting of your Dentist, and confident about your treatment plan.
  • Pain Free treatment: we ensure all treatment is Pain Free so you don’t have to worry.

Nervous Patient Journeys


If you’re nervous of visiting, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.  We’d love to help you.

Nervous Patient Experiences

Rachel T
Rachel T
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Absolutely amazing, I have not been to the dentist in 5 years due to being needle phobic and having had a bad experience, Dr Kaly and Jess were amazing and so understanding, they talked me through the whole procedure, I would 100% recommend them, such a lovely practice with lovely staff
Dominic M
Dominic M
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Dr Kaly went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and make the experience positive. She explained the process very clearly and reassured me that I was always in control. I would definitely recommend Dr Kaly to anyone looking for a dentist, especially if you are a nervous patient.
Samantha C
Samantha C
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After a disastrous dentist experience a couple of years ago, I was very apprehensive about visiting the dentist ever again, however I should of never worried, Dr Kaly at Danbury Dental Care was fantastic. Dr Kaly and her nurse were so reassuring, made me feel so comfortable and completely at ease. Would recommend this dental practice!
Nikki W
Nikki W
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I was Sedated on Friday for fillings and I was extremely Nervous!! But I had meetings with Kaly and the team leading up to it and phone calls and emails to ease my nerves and answer any questions I had! Which comforted me a lot!

Nervous Patient Advice

I treat nervous patients from all across Essex.  And above everything else, patients tell me it’s taken a huge amount of courage to even reach out.

If you’re reading this, and you’re feeling nervous, I’m hoping to help with advice and information.

In this article, we cover;


Understanding Dental Anxiety

Did you know that a study by the British Dental found that 36% of the UK population suffer from dental anxiety.

The biggest thing to take away from this is that you’re not alone. Dental anxiety affects a huge amount of people.

Here are some of the most common things I hear from patients. 

I wanted to share these in the hopes they may resonate with you, that if you feel any of these – you feel you are not alone.

  1. Past traumatic experiences
  2. Fearing pain during dental treatment
  3. Lack of control and the potential intrusiveness of dentistry
  4. Sights, smells and sounds of dental practices
  5. Embarrassment and fear of judgement

Let’s delve into two of the most common problems I hear about.

Bad past experiences

Regrettably, many suffer from dental anxiety due to distressing experiences in the past.

These can range from a painful or uncomfortable procedure to an encounter with an insensitive dental professional. And they can have a truly lasting impact. Memories like these create a deep-seated fear of dentistry, which are difficult to dislodge.

One of the most common trigger patients tell me is having had pain during a dental procedure, or being “held down”.

Losing trust

Many patients also report experiences in the past where dentists might have been dismissive of feedback, perhaps of distress.

Not feeling heard, and not being able to have open communication with someone who is responsible for your health.

The opposite of trust is shame. Many patients can feel like they might easily be judged by staff or by dentists for delaying treatment. I want to assure you that this is the last thing I would ever want you to feel.

The only thing that should ever matter is the steps we can take to restoring your dental health.

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Selecting the right Dentist

As a nervous patient, choosing the right dental practice for you is crucial to overcoming your anxiety.

Reviews are the first port of call.   Does your potential dentist have reviews from other nervous patients? Are these reviews positive, particularly regarding their sensitivity and the aftercare provided?

Equally, the ambiance of the dental practice can play a significant role. Visit the practice before booking an appointment if possible. Does it feel welcoming and calming? Are there any potential anxiety triggers?

Trust your instinct about the atmosphere and the staff. Also, observe how you are treated – do you feel heard and understood? Do they take your concerns seriously?

Another key factor is communication. Is the dentist easy to reach? Is their approach warm and reassuring?

Consider Sedation

Sedation dentistry, particularly intravenous (IV) sedation, is a powerful tool for nervous patients in overcoming fear of visiting.

The active drug used is called Midazolam.

When injected, Midazolam acts by inducing a deep state of relaxation in the dental chair. For many patients it completely takes away feelings of fear or anxiety. And a lot of people actually forget the treatment altogether.

With IV sedation (more info here), you remain conscious and can communicate with us throughout your procedure, but you’ll be in a significantly relaxed state. 

Even just knowing there’s a pathway with sedation can help nervous patients gain confidence.

It’s just that bit of extra support many people need.

Taking action

It all begins with a small step.  That first hurdle to jump.

I always like to tell patients: imagine yourself a year from now.  

Smiling, enjoying your favourite foods, and living a life free from dental pain. Imagine how good it will feel to regain that self-confidence, knowing that you’ve taken control of your dental health.

And I want to reassure you that Dentistry has made significant strides forward.

Dental conditions can be stabilised, and long term dental health can be restored. Often, the sooner we can assess and stabilise, the better your prospects for maintaining a healthy mouth in the long run.

Everyone’s dental journey is different, and we’re here to help you along every step of yours

Tips for your appointment

Here’s a few tips to think about if you’re nervous. 

And if we get to meet (I hope we do!), I would love to learn if any of these help you.

  • Open Communication: Feel free to share your concerns or worries with your dentist. Please don’t feel like you have to bottle things up.
  • Morning Appointment: The earlier in the day, the better. This minimises the time you spend worrying throughout the day. Try to book a 9AM!
  • Be Kind to Yourself: My favourite. Book yourself a treat (the one time a sugary treat might be recommended!). This gives you something to look forward to and acts as a positive distraction.
  • Visualisation: Picture yourself a year from now, smiling and pain free. Imagine the impact it will have on your life as you decide on treatment.
  • Deep Breathing Exercises: These can be really quite helpful at reducing anxiety as it slows your nervous system down. Here’s a guide on deep breathing exercises.
  • Your Favourite Music: Have a request that helps you relax? Our default is zen meditation music in the surgery, and anything short of Metallica we’ll be open to playing if will help you!

Wrapping up

Facing dental anxieties can feel like a mammoth task.

But remember, you’re not alone.

A great many people in the UK grapple with these feelings, driven by past experiences, fear of pain, or even embarrassment.

Today’s dentistry offers an environment of understanding, empathy and advanced, pain-minimising technologies.

We’ve touched on important factors like selecting the right dentist. A clinician who who makes you feel heard and understood, the potential benefits of sedation, and the essential action of reaching out, however daunting that may feel.

And there are steps you can take to make your dental appointments less stressful, such as scheduling morning appointments, using deep breathing exercises, and even listening to your favourite music during treatment.

If you’re feeling anxious, don’t hesitate to reach out. Take that first step towards a healthier smile and contact us today. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

Dr Kaly Gengeswaran

BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)

If you’re nervous of visiting, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.  We’d love to help you.