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The Journey of a Frightened Patient who had Two Root Canals


article by Raha Sepehrara

If you’re based in Loughborough, Leicester or Nottingham and have always been scared of seeking out the dental treatment you need, it’s important to remember that there are practices out there geared towards helping you get through the experience. 

It’s no secret that for many people, going to the dentist is a day to be dreaded. From bad experiences as children that have stayed with them to hearing about horror stories in the papers, it’s safe to say that dentists don’t have the most glamorous reputation. But for many, it goes deeper than being a bit uncomfortable with having someone poke around in their mouth – it’s the specifics of these professional treatments that really touch a nerve.

The Dental Suite: So before you came to see us here at the Dental Suite, how were you feeling?

Patient: I can’t really describe how nervous I was. It wasn’t just the normal butterfly feeling you get if you’re anxious or apprehensive – I was genuinely frightened. Since I was young, I’ve always been nervous before the dentists but it really took hold of me this time. I was even crying at the door, it was that bad.

Since you visited the Dental Suite, how would you say your experience has been? Have any of your pre-visit fears been alleviated?

If you’d have asked me before the treatment, I would have been positive that I’d have still been as terrified of the dentists as I’d ever been. But – and I never thought I’d say this – my experience has actually been a very, very good one. Everyone here has been extremely friendly and welcoming, which really helps you feel more at ease.

All the staff are so patient with me, especially when I don’t feel like I can go into the room before the treatment or when I need to stop anything for a bit of respite. Everybody has been lovely and that’s made such a difference.

What treatment have you had here? Would you say that you’re happy with the result?

I had a root canal on both my lower and upper sets of teeth, and I am more than happy with everything that needed to be done. The treatment itself ran smoothly, and I haven’t had to deal with any pain after whatsoever which has been a huge relief for me.

Would you recommend the team here at the Dental Suite to your friends and family?

Oh, without a doubt. Absolutely. In fact I’ve already recommended you to my mum, and now she’s signed up to be a patient too! None of my friends can believe how much my attitude to the dentist has changed, either. I wouldn’t have gone for a root canal anywhere in Loughborough as little as a few months ago – now I just tell them that the Dental Suite helped me so much, and now the dentist is much easier for me to face.

If you’re someone who dreads going to the dentist, always remember that your options are still open. You shouldn’t let your dental health suffer – seek the support of a calm, understanding and professional team to guide you through your particular treatment.

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