No more fear: how nervous dental patients are overcoming their anxiety

In 2016, nervous dental patients have a number of options available to them to help them beat their fears and get much-needed treatment without anxiety. Dr Ricky Adams, Principal Dentist at Adams Dental in North London, is Dental Phobia certified, and his whole team is committed to providing anxious, nervous, and phobic patients with compassionate, high-quality, professional treatment and care at all times.

nervous-dental-patientsBeing a nervous dental patient is nothing unusual; approximately one in six UK adults is so anxious about treatment that they don’t even go for routine check-ups. This can cause something of a vicious circle, as only visiting the dentist when an emergency arises often means you are already in a state of high anxiety and stress, and often necessitates more invasive treatment that could have been avoided with regular check-ups and hygiene appointments.

The last thing you want if you do work up the courage to seek treatment is to be judged or patronised. We can assure you that this will never happen at our North London clinic. Instead, we will treat nervous dental patients with care, compassion, and respect.

We are more than happy to have an informal chat through your fears and triggers, as well as talking you through all the options we offer for nervous patients at our North London dental practice.

Nervous dental patients: North London treatment options

Below are some of the options we can offer nervous dental patients at our North London clinic:

In-chair entertainment

Some people find that being able to listen to their favourite radio show, music, or podcast can allow them to relax enough to have treatment. You also have the option of watching TV programmes or DVDs during treatment for many procedures. We offer noise-cancelling headphones and DVD glasses at our North London practice.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy involves communicating with your subconscious to help nervous dental patients beat their fears. It also furnishes you with self-management techniques to use in the future. A qualified hypnotherapist is available at Adams Dental.

Conscious sedation

Whilst not asleep, with this option you will be very relaxed and will remember little about treatment afterwards.

How nervous dental patients can overcome their fears to get back to oral health

Are you a nervous dental patient? Adams Dental in North London can help. We believe that everybody deserves a smile that is happy and healthy, and while we fully understand and empathise with the fears of those who are anxious or phobic about visiting the dentist, we also believe that in the modern day and age anxiety needn’t be a barrier to treatment. Our whole team is committed to working with you to help you get back to oral health – and stay there.

nervous-dental-patientsFear of the dentist has numerous causes, and we are confident that we can help you overcome all of them. Some people have had a negative experience of treatment in the past, whilst others have specific triggers such as the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, or the sounds and smells of a practice environment. Others think they will be judged because their oral health has fallen into poor condition.

You need not fear judgement at our North London practice; all we want to do is help you get your oral health back. Our practice environment is modern and relaxing, and our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified to recognise his work with nervous dental patients.

We have a number of options for nervous dental patients in North London, and will be happy to talk you through all of them in a relaxed and informal chat away from the dentist’s chair. Every nervous dental patient’s needs will be unique, so we will work closely with you to find the best way to assist you in overcoming your fears.

North London nervous dental patients: your options

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis can help you to get treatment, and can furnish you with techniques to manage your condition going forward. We have a qualified hypnotherapist at our North London clinic.

Sedation dentistry

Dental sedation induces a very relaxed state. You will be awake, so able to cooperate with your dentist, but will feel no pain, just peace. You are likely to remember little to nothing about your procedure when it is complete.

Why nervous dental patients have nothing to fear at our North London practice

Nervous dental patients have nothing to fear at North London practice Adams Dental. Our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and the whole team is both experienced in and committed to helping nervous patients to get treatment.

nervous-dental-patientsYou might feel alone if you are a nervous dental patient, but in fact approximately one in ten adults in the UK is so scared of the dentist that they simply do not go. A survey by the Oral Health Foundation, as part of National Smile Month 2016, found that approximately 2% of the UK population have never been to a dentist, whilst 27% only go when they have a problem.

Women are slightly more likely to suffer from this type of anxiety than men, and the top two fears are having a tooth drilled (30%) and having a local anaesthetic injection (28%). At our North London clinic we understand that there are multiple reasons that cause people to become nervous dental patients as well as these triggers; a bad childhood experience, fear of judgement over poor oral health, and fear of being out of control of the situation are just some of them.

Whatever the reason behind your fear – even if you can’t identify a specific trigger – at our North London clinic we can help.

There are several options for nervous dental patients at our North London practice, and the team will take the time to find the perfect one for you. We’ll start with an informal chat to find out any specific triggers you may have, and any thoughts you may have about what could help.

Hypnotherapy offers relief to a lot of nervous dental patients, and furnishes them with self-management techniques for the future. Ensuring you know the signals to give your dentist if you want to pause treatment can also help if you fear not being in control – we don’t mind taking a break!

Conscious sedation is a popular option for nervous dental patients. Whilst you won’t be asleep as you would with general anaesthetic, so able to cooperate with instructions, you will be very relaxed and unaware of treatment.

Helping nervous dental patients in North London

Nervous dental patients deserve a healthy, happy smile, just like anyone else. That’s what we believe at Adams Dental in North London, so if you are anxious, nervous, or even phobic about receiving dental treatment, we urge you to get in touch with us to find out how we can help get you back to full oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsIt’s easy to feel out on your own if you are a nervous dental patient. However, approximately one in ten people is so scared of the dentist that they simply fail to go to routine appointments. Over time, their oral health worsens, and they may live with discomfort or even pain for months or years before an emergency finally forces them to seek treatment.

This can serve to make matters worse, because by the time an emergency occurs they are likely to need extensive and often invasive treatment. This could easily have been avoided if they had kept up routine dental appointments, or even if they had presented to a surgery as soon as a tooth ache, swelling, or other problem arose.

Dr Ricky Adams, principal dentist at our North London practice, is Dental Phobia certified, which means he is officially recognised for his caring and compassionate nature towards nervous dental patients. You can view his certification on the Dental Phobia website.

There are numerous reasons that people give for being nervous dental patients. It could be a bad experience in childhood, or a specific trigger – perhaps the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, even the sounds and smells of a practice environment. Other people worry about potential treatment they might need, or fear being judged because their teeth and gums have fallen into poor condition.

At our North London clinic we will never judge you. All we want to do is to get you back to full health.

There are a number of options available at our North London practice for nervous dental patients. These include using hypnotherapy, being able to listen to music or watch films during some treatments, and conscious sedation, which brings on a feeling of deep peace.

Sedation dental treatment: the perfect option for nervous patients

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent way for people who are afraid of the dentist to get the treatment they need. At Adams Dental in North London, we are sympathetic to the needs of nervous patients. Our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and sedation dental treatment is just one of the options we offer to those who are anxious, nervous, or phobic about visiting the practice.

nervous-patientsFear of the dentist has many causes. Some people cite a bad experience during childhood as the root cause of their fear, while for others there are specific triggers – the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, fear about what treatment may be needed and what it may entail, or worry that they will be judged because their teeth and gums are in less than perfect condition.

At our North London clinic, we will never judge you if your oral health is less than perfect, whether that’s been caused by fear or by any other reason. All we want to do is to help you to get any treatment you need, to restore you to full health, and to furnish you with coping strategies to enable you to maintain that health going forward.

Sedation dental treatment is just one of the options available to nervous patients at our North London practice. We also offer hypnotherapy from a fully qualified hypnotist. This option involves communicating with your subconscious mind and furnishing you with strategies to both get you through any urgent treatment and to help you maintain progress once treatment is complete.

Your hypnotist will also give you self-management strategies, and can help with problems such as a strong gag reflex, tooth grinding, and helping to stop smoking.

North London sedation dental options

At our North London clinic we find intravenous (IV) sedation to be the most effective sedation dental option. Unlike general anaesthetic, you will not be asleep, so will be able to cooperate with your dentist as needed. However, you will feel very peaceful and relaxed, and won’t experience any pain. You will need to bring a friend to take you home after treatment.

Nervous dental patient? Here’s how to conquer your fears and get the treatment you need

Nervous dental patients across the country are taking back control of their lives and beating their fear of the dentist once and for all. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist, Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, meaning that he is recognised for his experience and care in working with anxious, nervous, and phobic patients.

nervous-dental-patientIt’s easy to think that you are the only nervous dental patient in the world, but you should never feel silly about your fears or phobias. Fear of the dentist is very common; in fact, one in ten adults in the UK is so nervous about receiving treatment that they simply do not visit the dentist. This can have serious consequences for their oral health, which in turn can make their fears worse because they think they will be judged for letting their teeth fall into poor condition.

At our North London clinic we will never judge you if you have less than perfect teeth, whether through fear of the dentist or for any other reason. We will treat you with care, respect, and professionalism, because our only goal is to get you back to full dental health and then to help you maintain it.

There are many reasons that nervous dental patients cite for their anxiety. For some, it is a negative experience in the past, whilst for others there is a specific trigger – a drill, a needle, the sight of the dentist’s chair.

Here at our North London practice we fully empathise with nervous dental patients’ concerns, but believe that everyone deserves a healthy and happy smile. That’s why we will take all the time required to find the perfect way to empower you, so that you can get the treatment you need without fear being a barrier.

Nervous dental patients’ North London treatment options

1 Hypnotherapy. A qualified hypnotist can help nervous dental patients beat their fear, and can furnish you with techniques to keep it at bay for good.

2 Sedation. A safe way of relaxing during treatment. You will still be awake, but will feel a deep sensation of peace.

Helping nervous dental patients get treatment: it’s all about finding what works for you

Nervous dental patients cite a variety of reasons for fearing treatment. At Adams Dental in North London, our whole team is committed to working with anxious, nervous, and phobic patients to enable them to get the treatment they need to restore their oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsApproximately one in ten UK adults identifies as a nervous dental patient to the extent that they put off seeking treatment until a painful emergency arises that cannot be ignored, forcing them into a dental surgery and in many cases increasing their fear, because they then need more intensive and invasive treatment.

At our North London clinic, we have a variety of options available to nervous dental patients to help them back to full oral health. Principal dentist Dr Ricky Adams is Dental Phobia certified, and the whole team is highly experienced in working with anxious patients.

North London treatment options

Hypnotherapy

Delivered by a fully qualified hypnotherapist, this is an effective way of communicating with your subconscious mind, and can be hugely beneficial to nervous dental patients, furnishing them with self-management techniques so that they can continue to be free from fear after the initial course of treatment is complete. Hypnotherapy can also be effective for patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or a strong gag reflex.

Conscious sedation

Unlike the general anaesthetic provided for surgery in hospital, with conscious sedation you will remain awake, thus able to cooperate with any instructions or requests from your clinical team. However, you will be in a highly relaxed and peaceful state, and will remember very little if anything about treatment after it’s over. Of course, you also won’t experience any pain.

We use intravenous sedation at our North London clinic, and you need to bring a friend with you to take you home and look after you until your sedatives fully wear off.

How with sedation dental phobic patients can get essential treatment

Thanks to modern techniques in sedation dental phobic patients are now able to get not just the essential oral healthcare they need, but also the smile they’ve always wanted. At Adams Dental in North London we use sedation dentistry to help phobic, nervous, and anxious patients overcome their fears so that they can visit the dentist without anxiety.

sedation-dentalDr Ricky Adams, principal dentist at our North London clinic, is Dental Phobia certified, and the whole team is very experienced in working with nervous patients. We are committed to providing the highest-quality care in a stress-free, pain-free manner.

There are a number of options available to nervous patients at our North London practice, and we will be happy to talk you through them all in a relaxed and calm environment, away from the dentist’s chair. Hypnotherapy and the use of in-chair entertainment (enabling you to listen to your favourite music or podcast, or watch a film during treatment) can help a lot of nervous patients to relax.

With sedation dental phobic patients can take an easy extra step towards relaxed and stress-free treatment. Under this option, sedative drugs are used to ensure that you feel peaceful and unstressed for the duration of your treatment.

Unlike general anaesthetic used for surgery in hospitals, with sedation dental patients remaining conscious and so able to cooperate with their clinician’s requests. However, they will be in a deep state of relaxation, will feel no pain or discomfort, and will remember very little about treatment afterwards.

If you opt for treatment under sedation, you will need a friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment and look after you until the sedative drugs wear off – we will provide you with full advice before starting treatment.

Thanks to sedation dental phobia could soon be a thing of the past.

How nervous dental patients can beat their fears

Nervous dental patients no longer have to suffer poor oral health. In the 21st Century there are many options available for anxious patients, and at North London clinic Adams Dental we are committed to working with you to find the best one for you.

nervous-dental-patientsThere are numerous causes of fear of the dentist, but at our North London clinic we do not think that they should be barriers to treatment. Contact us for an informal chat in the first instance, and we will help you to get not only the care you need, but also the smile you deserve.

Nervous dental patients: your treatment options in North London

Our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and our whole team is committed to working with nervous dental patients, treating you with care, dignity, and respect at all times. If fear about treatment has caused your oral health to be less than perfect, let us help you to get it back into tip-top condition; we promise you we will never be judgemental.

Here are some of the ways we have helped nervous dental patients just like you at our North London clinic:

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a very effective method for many nervous dental patients to get treatment. It furnishes you with self-management techniques that enable you to keep up your progress after your initial course of treatment is complete.

In-chair entertainment

With milder forms of dental anxiety, many people benefit from being able to watch a film or listen to their favourite music or audiobook during treatment.

Intravenous sedation

Intravenous or IV sedation uses sedative drugs to induce a feeling of deep calm and relaxation. You will not be asleep, so can cooperate with treatment, but you will remember little to nothing about it afterwards, and most importantly will not experience pain.