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Afraid of the Dentist


article by Raha Sepehrara


Many people find going to the dentist a very frightening experience. For some people, their fear even prevents them from going for check-ups.

Fear of the dentist can be caused by many things. For example, a previous bad experience, being embarrassed about your teeth, have a feeling of loss of control, have a fear of injections orneedles, worry that the anaesthetic won’t work properly or have concerns about unnecessary treatment.

At the Dental Suite, we have been treating nervous patients for many years and have a wealth of experience in this field.  We take a gentle approach to dentistry and we will try to understand your fears and work with you to make your visit as stress-free as possible. We explain everything to you at your consultation appointment to ensure you fully understand what treatment you require. Before you start any treatment,we ensure that you feel in control and you can signal, such as by raising your hand, if you wish to have a break and you need to stop for a few moments. You may feel better if you bring a friend or relative to the practice for support and reassurance.

Dental techniques have improved dramatically over the last few years, meaning that dental treatment can often be completely painless. For example, anaesthetic gels can be applied to the gum so that you don’t even feel any injections.

If your fear is very strong, there are other approaches that may help such as relaxation techniques, or sedation.

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