In some cases, the patient’s unrest can be so severe that they experience heart palpitations, circulatory problems and sweating. According to estimates, between five and 10 per cent of British people suffer from dentist phobia. This makes it seem impossible for them to see a dentist. Those affected often are not aware that treatment can be performed under sedation or local anaesthetic, which means they will not feel any pain. At our London clinic, we know how best to look after phobic patients: we make sure that your memories of your dental appointment will be good ones. We will also make sure that you leave with a smile on your face, so it will be easier next time.
When patients suffering from dentist phobia put off their dental care until decay or periodontitis (advanced gum disease) cause severe pain or even tooth loss, there can then be a feeling of shame to deal with. However, no patient coming to our practice should fear critical remarks — we take your fear and your concerns seriously. We are on your side.
Our clinic is well equipped for the treatment of phobic patients. We will take plenty of time to explain what steps need to be taken to restore your oral health, what alternatives there are and how we can make this treatment as pleasant as possible. Thorough explanations give you certainty: you will know exactly what to expect. Along with the technical requirements and the consultation rooms needed, we can provide the peace and quiet necessary to be your strong and reliable partner in this endeavour.
Depending on the severity of your phobia there may be several methods that can help us make your treatment as pleasant as possible. You may opt for local anaesthetic while listening to music during your treatment. Alternatively, you can put on video glasses that allow you to watch a comedy while you are in the dentist’s chair. If you prefer to sleep through your treatment you can opt for sedation or a general anaesthetic. During sedation (also known as analgosedation) you remain conscious but you will be in a state of trance or dreaming. The duration of the treatment will seem much shorter than it actually is. The next step up is a general anaesthetic. This involves a professional team of anaesthetists putting you into a state of deep sleep. We will be more than happy to discuss which option might best suit you.
With our team of experienced dentists and anaesthetists a safe and completely pain free treatment is a possibility. In a lot of cases all it takes is one or two appointments in order to restore your oral health. Even if you have lost all of your teeth, our All on 4™ procedure allows us to restore your teeth in just one day. When we help you take the first step towards oral health you’ll see how, in future, thinking about your teeth will actually put a smile on your face.