For Nervous Patients
At 76 Harley Street, we are aware that many patients feel anxious about a trip to the dentist and what it might entail. For some, this can develop into extreme anxiety, often known as dental phobia.
We take your concerns very seriously and our team is expertly trained in treating very nervous patients. This level of care starts with your first contact with the practice when speaking to our highly experienced reception team and Jos, our clinic manager, and then extends through your treatment with our specialist dentists and onto your ongoing maintenance programme with either your dentist or one of our hygienists.
We employ a variety of techniques to create a calm, secure environment that will ease the most nervous of patients.
A good bedside manner: our specialist dentists and members of our practice team are very sensitive to patients’ feelings and are always sympathetic and gentle in their treatment.
Knowledge is power: we often find that anxious patients can deal with the procedure ahead if they are fully informed of what it will involve. We use behavioural therapy to address any concerns they may have.
Pain-free treatments: dentistry today should not hurt and we employ a variety of modern techniques that ensure your dental treatment is as painless as possible.
Distraction: very nervous patients can listen to music or watch a film projected onto the ceiling of the treatment room, which has been shown to effectively alleviate feelings of claustrophobia, particularly if the patient is going to be in the chair for an extended time.
Sedation is key: we can give sedation either by inhalation in the form of gas and air or intravenously. Sedation will make the patient slightly drowsy, relieve any anxiety and we often find the patient will not recall much of the treatment afterwards.
Childhood fears: often dental phobia can be present since childhood – if necessary, we use inhalation sedation to perform paediatric dental treatments as it is delivered in a very non-threatening way and can produce a light sedation that helps the child relax and accept the treatment without distress.
Routine treatments: for those patients who find hygiene treatments such as scaling very uncomfortable, our hygienists are very gentle and can numb the teeth to avoid causing any discomfort.
All of this can be discussed in depth with your specialist dentist during your consultation. Don’t let fear prevent you from seeking help for any potential dental problems, which can significantly worsen if left untreated.