1st April 2020

Overcoming Dental Anxiety: Our Tips And Tricks

Dental anxiety is a problem that many people face. Often leading them to avoid making or attending dental appointments for months or even years at a time. It may be a bad experience as a child, the fear of needles, or embarrassment that keeps you away from your dentist. But, the fact is that it can be a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Especially if you want to have a healthy mouth.

Of course, in an ideal world, we would prefer it if everyone was as comfortable coming to the dentist as they were, say, going to the cinema. But, that isn’t always the case and so we have put together some of our best tips and tricks to help you overcome your dental anxiety.

Embarrassment

The most common thing preventing us from going to the dentist is the sheer embarrassment in many cases. However, damaged or otherwise less than ideal teeth is something that our dentists see daily and are completely used to. Treating and making your teeth as healthy as possible for you is something that they have trained to do for many years.

And with so many cosmetic dentistry treatments on offer, your embarrassment can be far more short-lived if you visit the dentist regularly. So if you feel ashamed about your smile, take the time to call us. Let us know about any problems and how you are feeling. Our team is trained to listen and talk to many anxious patients every single day. You are not alone- we take great job satisfaction in converting anxious patients into happy patients- it is more than possible! You may find that it is a relief to have someone who understands and is able to help deal with your source of embarrassment at last.

Overcoming Dental Fear

Of course, on the other hand, fear is also a large factor in why many people choose to avoid the dentist. If fear is at the root of your problem, then some good tips to overcoming it include:

  • Identify the fear. Once you understand the root of the problem, you can work with a dentist in order to overcome it.
  • Take someone to your appointments. Sometimes, having that moral support can really make you feel better during the examination and to take that first step through the door.
  • If you are scared of the dentist’s surgery or chair we can always meet you in our office which has no equipment and have an initial meeting with you there. We can take the consultation at your pace – you are in complete control.
  • Breathe. Mindfulness and meditation techniques are great during any dental examination. And you can also listen to music or watch television at our dental practice, as we have TV’s fitted into the ceiling for your benefit!
  • Ask for professional advice. When anxiety or nerves are this severe, it’s always better to get professional advice to ensure you are doing the right thing.

Choose the Right Dentist

The key to a good dental experience is always reliant on the person conducting the examination. A kind and understanding dentist really can make a world of difference. And, at Dental Solutions, we are lucky to have Gavin Laidlaw on hand for just that purpose. A partner in the practice, he has been treating patients with anxiety and dental phobia for many years now. Believe it or not, many of his previously nervous patients actually look forward to their appointments now!

If you would like to know more then please e-mail us on [email protected] or call us on 01925756565 and leave a message. We can help to arrange your first visit to our practice as soon as we reopen.

Or you can even book an initial free consultation, where you can meet the team and have a look around the practice – no examination necessary! It can be a great way to get used to the surroundings in a non-threatening way and something we are only more than happy to do for our nervous patients. We look forward to welcoming you to the practice as soon as we re open after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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Mike White
Mike White
2024-01-29
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2023-12-15
I came to dental solutions with severe anxiety of dentists and Lauren was so helpful, kind and patient with me. For the first time in years I've found a dentist who I feel comfortable with. Thank you
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2023-10-27
I had a wisdom tooth extracted by Gavin after having toothache due to my tooth breaking. I was nervous as I had not had a tooth removed by injection before. Gavin was reassuring, explained the procedure fully and it was over quickly with no pain. All staff at the practice are caring, friendly and professional and I have been going for many years. I highly recommend Dental Solutions.
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2023-09-06
Thank you to Gavin and team at Dental Solutions for the superb dental work done yesterday. As well as being highly professional and very good at what they do the place has a great atmosphere which makes going to the dentist a pleasure.
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2023-07-02
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Zoe Manley
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2023-06-30
Can’t speak highly enough of this practice and in particular Lauren. 2 years ago I walked in and was so nervous I cried just as the sight of the chair. Her and the staff have been so patient and understanding and have worked with me to overcome my phobia. This week I had a filling and was absolutely fine, my family couldn’t believe it. Reception staff are lovely and really accommodating too. So glad I found them, I don’t dread the dentist anymore.
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2023-05-10
A really Five Star Dental Practice! Upon arrival I was greeted by their most friendly welcoming receptionists. it seems nothing is 'too much trouble' to them. Gavin is similarly very friendly and the surgery is kitted out with the most high-tech modern equipment. On my first visit Gavin examined my teeth and explained my options to me giving me his recommendation for treatment and reasons why. Their Co-ordinator prepared a detailed quote for my treatment and went through it in detail with me, ensuring I understood everything; she had plenty of time for me as a patient. From the outset I had complete confidence in entrusting them with my dental care and the final results are truly amazing. Gavin and Richard could not have been more professional and my treatment was made as painless as possible. Dental Solutions provide a truly outstanding service and I thank them for my new 'long lost' smile and renewed confidence, especially when dining out and talking with people. I can't recommend them too highly.
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Carole Dodwell
2023-05-08
A first class experience from start to finish. Despite being fearful of visiting the dentist, Gavin put me at ease with his gentle unhurried manner. I was surprised at how relaxed I actually felt undergoing treatment for a crown and the removal/replacement of front teeth veneers. Having felt self conscious about my front teeth for a long time, I decided to have my old veneers replaced. The results were amazing and far exceeded my expectations. What Gavin achieved was nothing short of a work of art, boosting my confidence tenfold. The practice itself is very welcoming, the customer service excellent and the staff are all very friendly and kind. I cannot recommend this dental practise highly enough.
Nick Halliwell
Nick Halliwell
2023-04-28
I recently needed some urgent treatment and after trying a couple of dentists in the area, dental solutions were the only dentist that agreed to see me, genuinely nobody else showed any interest in helping me. The receptionist I spoke to initially was super compassionate and understanding and did all she could to get me in asap. I saw Lauren for all of my appointments, and I’ve now had: a composite filling, root canal and emax crown and just yesterday had a wisdom tooth extracted. I don't know what Lauren does but I have had zero pain or discomfort with any treatments during and after. I'm extremely happy with the results of her work. She definitely knows her stuff and filled me with the utmost confidence whilst in the chair! I literally cant find any fault with any of the experiences I have had so far. They go the extra mile and do it with a smile. What more can you ask for?! Definitely my dentist for the foreseeable future! Thank you Lauren and everyone!
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2023-04-07
Had my initial consultation with Lauren, truly professional and extremely friendly. She explained all my options in detail and following discussions opted for veneers and can't wait to see the end result.
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