Phobias – What are they and how can you change them?

Phobias are essentially just a strong fear. There’s no real difference between a fear, and a phobia, except that a phobia is normally a more intense emotion, and as a rule of thumb, people with phobias always unconsciously remember to run their phobia patterns when they are confronted with the object of their phobia.

This might sound silly, but it’s often a serious commitment with a consistency rarely displayed in most areas of life. For example, most people see the rubbish bins on their way in and out of the house, but they don’t always remember to take them out! But someone with a phobia of spiders for example, every time they see a spider, they remember to freak out. They never forget – not once!

And what’s really interesting about that is that demonstrates the exact skill set needed to be able to get rid of the phobia forever!

As newborn babies we are only afraid of 2 things. Falling and loud noises, these are the only 2 inbuilt “natural” fears we’re born with.

Which means, everything else you’re afraid of in life, you made a decision at some point to start being afraid of it.

And in the case of some phobias and strong fears, you stuck to that decision steadfastly. You may not have been consciously aware of making that decision, and you did make it. You changed your mind from not being afraid to being afraid.

Which is all you need to do to stop being afraid, forever! Just change your mind.

The problem is, most people don’t know how they made the decision in the first place, let alone how to make a new one.

To understand that you need to understand how you created your phobia in the first place.

A phobia is, essentially, an anchor; which is exactly what it sounds like, it anchors a certain stimuli or trigger to a certain emotion or thought.

So that song on the radio that reminds you of the summer of your youth, or the cologne your grandfather used to wear that when you smell it almost transports you back there, are both examples of anchors. Your mind has linked the external trigger with a certain emotion or thought.

And that’s all a phobia is, your mind has linked a certain external trigger or event with a certain emotion or thought, the only difference is that it happens to be a negative or painful emotion.

In most cases phobias can be permanently cured in one or two sessions.


How Invisalign works video

Invisalign works using aligners. Thin, clear plastic covers which are worn by the patient nearly full time.

I often send this video to patients who want to know a little bit more about how Invisalign works.

We always cover this during our free consultations, however, what I love about this video ,is that it helps give patients a glimpse into the technology and science behind how Invisalign works. As well as showing a few examples of actual patients who have had it done, talking about how it was for them.



More about how Invisalign works

They are designed in a series. Such that your first aligners is where your teeth are today, and your last aligner is where your teeth are to end up.

Each aligner along the series is in a slightly more moved or rotated position closer towards the new shape of your smile.

Each week at home, you as the patients would change over to your next aligner. As this aligner is slightly more moved along in the desired position, it puts pressure on the teeth which is what will causes teeth to move.

Typically once you have started your treatment you’ll visit us every 6-8 weeks. This is usually tailored to suit each patients needs.

In essence that is how Invisalign works.


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Nervous dental patients have nothing to fear thanks to advances in modern dentistry

Nervous dental patients are increasingly able to conquer their fears and get back to full oral health thanks to modern dental advances. Adams Dental in North London offers a number of options for nervous dental patients, and the dedicated and caring staff will work with you to find the perfect route back to health.

nervous-dental-patientsBeing afraid of the dentist isn’t uncommon, and certainly isn’t anything to be ashamed of. In fact, in a recent survey one in ten UK adults classed themselves as nervous dental patients, and admitted that they never or rarely visited a dental practice.

The problem is that, without regular check-ups from a dentist and appointments with a hygienist, oral health can quickly fall into disrepair. This in turn can lead to infection, pain, and a great deal of emotional distress – which only serves to make nervous dental patients feel worse.

At our North London practice, our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified. This means he is recognised and accredited for his work with nervous dental patients. The whole of the team at our North London clinic shares this ethos of treating nervous dental patients with respect, care, and understanding.

North London nervous dental patients: your options

There are several options available to nervous dental patients at our North London clinic, and the team will take the time to find the one that works best for you.

Sometimes, discussing the advances made in dentistry since a patient has last visited a practice (which can be decades in some cases) is enough to put a nervous patient’s mind at rest. However, when a little extra help is needed, there are several routes you can take.

In-chair entertainment

Nervous dental patients can distract themselves from the practice environment by watching a DVD or listening to music during many procedures.


Hypnotherapy can help nervous dental patients not just in the short-term – to get any urgent treatment they need – but can also provide techniques for self-management of anxiety in the future.

Dental sedation

A range of sedative options are available to make you largely unaware of any treatment.

Why nervous dental patients have nothing to fear with modern dentistry

Nervous dental patients across the country are being pleasantly surprised by the advances in modern dentistry that are helping them to beat their fears and get back to oral health. Adams Dental in North London is experienced in working with nervous dental patients, and Principal Dentist Dr Ricky Adams is Dental Phobia certified, meaning his work with anxious and phobic patients is officially recognised.

nervous-dental-patientsWhatever the cause of your fear, the team at our North London clinic will work with you to help you overcome your fears and anxieties and get any treatment you may need. Nervous dental patients cite all manner of causes of their fear of the dentist. These include:

A bad experience during childhood. Some dentists aren’t experienced or adept at working with children, but at our North London clinic we welcome patients of all ages, helping to ensure your child’s experience of the dentist is always a positive one.

Fear of judgement if oral health has fallen into disrepair. At Adams Dental in North London we will never judge you if your teeth and gums are in less than perfect condition, whether through anxiety about treatment or for any other reason. We know this would be counterproductive with nervous dental patients, more likely to scare them away for good than to persist in battling their fears and getting back to good health.

Specific triggers, such as the needle, or a drill. If you talk to your North London dentist away from the clinical environment, you can tell them of any triggers you may have. We can arrange for any sharp or triggering objects to be kept out of sight when you come into the surgery, to help you relax. We also offer the option of in-chair entertainment for nervous dental patients. This means you can watch a DVD, listen to your favourite music or radio station to drown out the sound of the drill.

Hypnosis and sedation

Many of the nervous dental patients who visit our North London clinic benefit from treatment under hypnosis or conscious sedation. We have fully-qualified hypnotists and sedationists available for all patients.

Common myths about nervous dental patients busted

Nervous dental patients need special care to help them back to oral health. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, which means that he is recognised and accredited for his work with nervous patients.

nervous-dental-patientsAt our North London clinic we will work closely with our nervous dental patients, to find their own personal pathway back to a healthy and happy smile.

There are a lot of myths about nervous dental patients, so here we attempt to bust some of them:

Myth: Dental phobia isn’t a real thing. It’s just getting worked up over nothing.

Reality: This is absolutely not true. Nervous dental patients can suffer severe anxiety, panic attacks, and a range of other unpleasant symptoms at the mere thought of visiting a practice. It may be difficult to understand if you don’t suffer from the condition, but just like any other kind of phobia – spiders, heights, confined or open spaces – fear of dentists is real and anyone who suffers from it deserves to be treated with compassion and respect.

Myth: Nervous dental patients just need to be knocked out with general anaesthetic.

Reality: Whilst general anaesthetic is sometimes used for complex procedures or extremely phobic patients, it doesn’t really to anything to address the cause of the nervous dental patient’s fear. General anaesthetic also makes you feel pretty rough for a few days, which could make your fear worse. Conscious sedation is a better option because it means you will be relaxed and pain-free but largely unaware of treatment. It’s a popular option at our North London clinic. We also offer treatments such as hypnotherapy, which can furnish you with long-term coping techniques.

Myth: Nervous dental patients always have terrible teeth

Reality: Again, not necessarily true. Not visiting a dental practice for many years will take its toll on your teeth, but some people still practice scrupulous oral hygiene at home – in an attempt to avoid the need for visiting dentists.

Myth: Your dentist is judging your bad teeth

Reality: We will never do this at our North London clinic. It would only be counter-productive.

How nervous dental patients in North London are beating their fears

Being a nervous dental patient isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Adams Dental in North London understands the fear and anxiety that even the thoughts of dentists and dentistry can bring to many people. However, we do not think that in the 21st Century fear needs to be a barrier to getting treatment, which is why we are committed to working with nervous dental patients on a one-to-one basis to find their personal road back to oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsOur Principal Dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, which means he is recognised for his work with nervous dental patients. The whole team at our North London clinic shares this commitment to providing gentle, compassionate, and caring treatment to all patients at all times.

There are numerous reasons given for fear of the dentist, from a negative childhood experience to fear of being out of control. Drills, needles, Latex gloves. . . These can all be triggers for some people, whilst others fear being judged or are anxious about what treatment lies ahead. If you can identify a specific cause for your fear, please tell the team at our North London clinic and we will do all that we can to work around it and reassure you.

Often, a chat with an understanding and friendly dentist away from the surgery environment can put your mind at rest. There have been many rapid advances in the world of dentistry in recent years, meaning that many procedures are now pain-free.

For those who need a little more help to relax, our North London dental practice offers the services of a fully qualified hypnotist, who is experienced in working with nervous dental patients and helping them back to health. As well as dealing with the immediate situation, this is a good way to gain coping techniques for the future.

Sedation dental treatment is an increasingly popular method of helping phobic or severely nervous dental patients to beat their fears. At Adams Dental in North London we offer both oral and intravenous sedation options, which will mean you feel safe and relaxed during treatment.

A guide to sedation dental treatment for nervous patients

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent way to get back to oral health if you are nervous or phobic of visiting the dentist. At Adams Dental in North London our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, which means that he is recognised for his work with anxious and phobic patients.

nervous-dental-patientsOur North London clinic offers a number of options for nervous patients, of which sedation dental treatment is one of the most popular. It does not mean you will be unconscious as you will have been if you’ve had an operation under general anaesthetic at hospital. You will be awake, and able to cooperate with any instructions your dentist may give you, but you will be in a deep state of peace, largely unaware of your treatment and unlikely to remember much about it after your procedures are complete.

Other options at our North London dental practice include hypnotherapy, which can give you coping techniques for future appointments as well as helping you get the original problem treated. We have a fully-qualified and highly-experienced hypnotherapist at our North London clinic.

Some patients benefit from learning more about modern dentistry. Techniques and materials have improved a great deal in recent years, meaning that the vast majority of procedures are now pain-free. In addition, many people benefit from using in-chair entertainment – listening to your favourite radio show, music, or podcast, watching a film or documentary during longer procedures. Whatever your requirements, your dentist will work with you to find the perfect route back to oral health.

North London sedation dental treatment

There are two options for sedation dental treatment at our North London clinic. The first is oral sedation, which is a milder form of sedation and is usually taken in tablet form on the morning before your procedure.

The second option is IV sedation, which is stronger and delivered directly into your blood stream via a small needle.

Our North London clinic will provide you with full aftercare instructions for sedation dental treatment. A friend will need to come with you to take you home and look after you until the sedatives wear off.

Nervous dental patient? Adams Dental can help

Modern dentistry means that nervous dental patients no longer have to be prevented from getting much-needed treatment because of anxiety, fear, or phobia. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist Dr Ricky Adams is Dental Phobia certified, and we offer a number of ways to help nervous patients back to full oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsIt’s not uncommon to be scared of the dentist. Approximately one in ten UK adults identifies as a nervous dental patient to the extent that they put of routine treatment, only being driven into a practice when an emergency arises.

Nervous dental patients cite numerous reasons for their fear. It could be a bad experience during childhood, or a specific trigger such as a needle or drill. Many people who haven’t had treatment in many years fear that the dentist will judge them for having teeth and gums in less than perfect condition.

At our North London clinic, you need not fear being judged. We know this is counter-productive – instead, we will find a way of working with each of our nervous dental patients as an individual, helping them to get the necessary treatment to return them to oral health and, if they want, also helping them to achieve the smile of their dreams that they may currently think is beyond their reach.

North London options for nervous dental patients

When you come into our North London clinic for a consultation as a nervous dental patient, we will take the time to talk through your fears. If you have a specific trigger for your anxiety – the sound of the dentist’s drill, for example – please tell us, and we will find a way to work round this. Even if you don’t know the exact cause of your fear, the team at our North London clinic can still help.

Often, patients benefit from using in-chair entertainment (listening to the radio or their favourite podcast, or watching a film) during treatment. Some nervous dental patients find hypnosis very beneficial, because it gives them coping techniques they can use in the future.

Dental sedation is also a popular option. We offer oral and IV sedation.

What is an Invisalign Records Appointment?

Once you’ve had your initial consultation, received your estimate and selected the right package for you.  You may be ready to find out exactly how Invisalign could improve your smile by having your own 3D Clincheck treatment plan created.

This is when you’d book in for your Invisalign Records Appointment.

During your visit we will;

  • Confirm with you in person and writing your preferred package option and payment option.
  • Perform a full dental examination, oral cancer screening and take any x-ray which may be needed.
  • Take moulds/impressions of your teeth to send to Invisalign to create your Clincheck treatment plan.
  • Take your before digital photos.
  • Confirm and agree on terms, conditions and any additional agreements*.

* Please note agreeing to these terms does not in any way obligate you to taking up treatment. We take the time to perform this with you at this stage so that should you wish to move forward quickly once you have received your treatment plan all your paperwork is in place and we can help make this happen for you as quickly as possible.

An example of a Clincheck treatment plan.

Following this visit, along with the Invisalign team. We’ll create your own bespoke 3D treatment plan like the one shown above.

A few weeks after your visit, we’ll email this directly to you. You’ll be able to view your 3D treatment on most smartphones, tablets, and computers as well as being able to show it to your friends and family should you wish.

We’ll review it together with you in person, over the phone, or email. If you’d like any changes you can discuss this with your Invisalign dentist at this stage.

The cost of an Invisalign Records visit is £350 and you are under no obligation to move forward with Invisalign treatment following  this visit, howe, er should you choose to, the cost of your Invisalign records visit is deducted from your total treatment amount as a first installment towards your total treatment cost. If not, this is non-refundable.

‘The Invisalign records visit and the Clincheck 3D  treatment plan is a a really empowering way for patients to find out and see for themselves exactly how Invisalign will transform their smile from the comfort of your own home on their mobile, tablet or computer. It’s a really exciting stage for everyone involved.” Dr Ricky Adams B.D.S.

Retention. How to keep your teeth straight after Invisalign.

During our consultations we always make sure we cover this with patients at the beginning. It’s one of those things patients may not even be aware of when first starting treatment

Once you’re teeth are straight, we want them to stay straight, so we recommend you retain them. This basically means doing something to keep them (retain them) in their new position we include this in our new Invisalign packages.

Why do you need retention?

  1. All teeth move, always! Yes all our teeth are always moving to some degree and in some way. This is a natural aspect of teeth. Some move so little you’ll never notice it, some move a lot especially as we get older teeth might tend to move towards the midline of the face creating crowding and crooked teeth that never used to be there.
  2. Your teeth are most at risk of moving back or relapsing in the first 1-2 years following your treatment.
  3. Whilst it’s true some patients find after the first few years their teeth settle into place and don’t use anything to keep them straight, this isn’t the case for all or indeed most patients. I tell all my patients you need to be prepared to retain your teeth for as long as you want to keep them straight!

We will discuss this in much more detail with you and which of the retention options are right for you in your individual case.

We also provide an information sheet and pricing on retention options, this is also available for non patients on request, simply click here to request from our reception team.