Dental Phobia: Is fear holding you back?
Date: 14 April 2017 Category: Dental fear and phobias
Dental phobia is fairly common. Do you feel worried or frightened before you’ve even sat in the dental chair? Perhaps the mere thought of going to the dentist is enough to make you feel anxious?
If you do, you’re certainly not alone — plenty of people suffer from some degree of dental anxiety, fear or phobia.
Take Gordon for example… he’s a patient at Centre for Dentistry, who previously had a massive fear of the dentist. An urgent dental problem meant that he couldn’t avoid the dentist any longer and he turned up at Centre for Dentistry’s Rustington practice, but he was so anxious he very nearly walked out before he was even seen.
Gordon’s success story
As soon as Gordon met our Dentist, Dr Jenny Andrews, and experienced the way we do things here at CFD, his attitude changed. He relaxed, the colour came back to his cheeks and his fear disappeared – almost as rapidly as his tooth extraction. Gordon “couldn’t believe how quick the procedure was” and commented that he “never felt a thing”. He also completely avoided the drill.
Gordon explains in the above video how he went from “perspiring in fear” at the mere thought of the dentist to positively “looking forward” to his appointment and coming back into the dental practice.
Now, this was several years ago… We saw him just last week in our practice, sat calmly in the waiting area sipping a cup of tea. What a difference!
Don’t let fear stop you from smiling
New patients often say to us that they have put off going for so long as they are afraid it might be painful or because they have had a bad experience many years ago. After their appointment, those same patients tell us that their actual experience of the visit was far nicer than their had envisaged!
At Centre for Dentistry we use minimally invasive procedures and modern techniques, putting the patient’s physical and mental wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.
Our friendly staff are trained and experienced in helping those who have a dental phobia. We have quiet consulting rooms where you can discuss any fears or concerns face to face with the dentist before deciding what, if any, treatment to have. You’re the one in control and we won’t put pressure on you to agree to any dental procedures. We don’t judge — we simply want to help you look after your teeth and show you that it really can be a positive and pain-free experience.
If you’ve put off visiting the dentist, read more about how Centre for Dentistry can help you overcome your dental fears one step at a time. Face Your Fear >>