Does the thought of visiting the dentist fill you with fear? Dental phobia and fear of the dentist are very common – in fact, fear is the main reason cited by patients in the UK for putting off having dental treatment.
This can become a vicious circle as patients delay visiting until a condition becomes unbearable, often with severe pain, which reinforces the concept that visiting the dentist is a negative experience (even though it’s the dentist who gets you out of pain!). But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Modern advances in dentistry mean that most treatments are practically pain-free. However, we understand that there are a myriad reasons that people are frightened of the dentist. These include fear of needles, bad experiences in the past, fears of the sounds and smells of the practice. . . The list goes on.
Whatever the cause of your fear, we can help you to get the treatment you want and need, and even if you’ve avoided dental surgeries for many years, we can help you back to full dental health.
We offer treatment under sedation for phobic and nervous patients. Our resident anaesthetist, is Molly Hedley, who is also Chief Resuscitation Officer for Kings College Healthcare Trust. She will sedate you within safe guidelines, using intravenous sedation. That way, you can get the treatment you require without being aware of it, feeling no pain and remembering little of the treatment afterwards.
For patients who are afraid of the needles used to deliver local anaesthetic, we have an excellent solution. All of our local anaesthesia is delivered via The Wand, which provides a steady, controlled flow of anaesthetic and vibrates to minimise the bee sting effect often associated with dental injections.
No matter what the cause of your fear of the dentist, we will do everything possible to reassure you and treat you in a relaxed, calm and safe environment.