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Dental Phobia: Facing Your Fear


Many of us have experienced fear of something in our lifetime like spiders, heights, failure, flying… With all of these things, generally the longer the fear lingers, the harder it is to address.

Fear is only as powerful as the representation in your mind and the key to overcoming it is to interrupt the pattern. When you’re feeling unable to control a situation or threatened and unable to protect yourself, that sense of fear prompts our basic human instinct to try to protect ourselves. Our instinct is to follow the ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ reaction:

Fight or Flight? Face the Fear with Centre for Dentistry. We're experts with fearful patients and dental phobia.

If you confront your fears‘head on’ then it might the quickest way to overcome fear but most people prefer to face their fear gradually by dipping their toe in the water and taking small steps.

Helping patients overcome dental fear

At Centre for Dentistry, our #FaceYourFear programme actively encourages nervous patients to confront their dental anxiety. By taking small steps to become familiar with their dental practice, our patients feel increasingly comfortable and confident to undergo vital treatment. We invite our patients to come in and have a look around, speak to the team, have a conversation with the dentist and even sit in the dentist’s chair to familiarise them with the environment, without the need to have treatment done there and then. Plus, we serve a reassuringly good cup of tea!

Our patients are a mix: from children and entire families, to students, professionals and retirees. The message is clear: we help to tackle our patients’ fears so they can undergo their treatment and benefit from the results of a healthy, confident smile.

Breaking down the barriers

Our five senses are heightened in an environment we consider fearful. In a dental environment traditionally we can smell the products, hear the sounds of the instruments, see a pristine clinical environment and maybe have experienced the ‘not so gentle’ touch of the dentist.

At CFD, as our practices are in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, we are distracted by the sound of shoppers, children’s laughter and tills ringing. From the practice you can smell freshly cooked bread and we see a clinical but welcoming environment. Everything down to the colours of the walls are chosen to instill a sense of calm. Most importantly, we have professional, highly trained clinicians with a gentle touch. They are experts in dealing with patients who suffer from fear and anxiety and they understand that a patient’s previous dental experiences may not have been quite what we offer at CFD.

We don’t want our patients to feel fearful or to be humiliated or embarrassed about their dental health.
So before you ‘take flight’, have a chat with us in Sainsbury’s. We don’t want you to suffer from the debilitating feeling of fear or worse, for your dental health to suffer. We want to put a smile on your face – a confident one – in every way.

Success stories: patients who have overcome their fears

It’s so rewarding helping patients to overcome their dental fears. We thought we’d share some comments from recent patients, who were scared of the dentist but have bravely overcome their fears to become regular visitors to Centre for Dentistry:

“I hate going to the dentist, it petrifies me. But I have to say, this place is excellent, I can’t fault them on any level.” – Tony, CFD patient

“Going to the dentist is no longer an appointment to dread! I’d recommend to anyone – but especially anyone who fears dental appointments.” – Karen, CFD patient

“Awesome service! I had a huge phobia of the dentists for many years due to the pain and trauma as a child… My faith in dentists is restored, as is my smile.” – Sheldon, CFD patient

“Excellent service, a pleasure to go to a dentist and not be scared… would recommend to anyone.” – Barbara, CFD patient

We’re experts with nervous patients so if you’re anxious or haven’t been for years, our team are here to help! You can find more testimonials by reading what our patients say >>

Contact your nearest CFD practice or pop in for a cuppa – you’ll find us in-store at your local Sainsbury’s.