Don’t be afraid of the big, bad dentist: treatment options for nervous dental patients

If you fear the dentist, you are not alone. Anxiety about dental treatment is the main reason UK adults cite for putting off routine treatment. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe everybody deserves a healthy, happy smile, which is why we are committed to working with nervous and phobic patients to enable them to get the treatment that they need.

nervous-dental-patientsThere are numerous causes of fear of the dentist. It may be a bad experience in the past, perhaps during childhood, or you may have a specific trigger such as the sight of a needle or the sound of the drill.

Often, people who have not visited the dentist in many years are ashamed about the condition of their teeth, or fearful of what future treatment may entail. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we will never judge you if your oral health is in less than perfect condition. All we want to do is to help you get healthy again; any future treatment requirements will be carefully explained to you, and we will always be conservative with treatment whenever possible.

We use a number of techniques to help nervous dental patients relax at our Harley Street clinic, and will work with you to custom-design the perfect method to help you get treatment.

Our team of specialists will take the time to talk through any concerns you have, in a calm and relaxed environment without you having to sit in the dentist’s chair. We will devise a system of hand signals so that you can indicate if you need a break during treatment – don’t worry about holding the dentist up, we will factor ample time into your appointment, and know everyone needs a break.

We also have in-chair entertainment, and offer treatment under either inhalation or intravenous sedation.