1. Don’t be embarrassed, you are not alone

If you have not been to see a dentist for a while (be it months or a number of years), you will not be met with disapproval and given the feeling that you are being judged. The opposite is more likely, if we are aware that you are having a first appointment in years our team will try to make the experience a positive one.

It is our professional privilege to look after your oral health and help you get back on track to proper dental care. There are many people who go years without seeing a dentist and hygienist, be it due to fear, a busy lifestyle or even moving and never getting around to finding a new dentist.

3. Think what might help reduce your dental anxiety

What little changes can the dental practice make to help put you at ease? Would playing calming music help, or maybe something more thought-provoking (we have had patients who like to listen to Radio 4 – focusing on a complex issue helping to take their mind off the dental appointment). It might be that relaxing fragrances help. Small accommodations can make appointments far less of a challenge for anxious patients, your dentist should be both accommodating and also able to suggest remedies that can help put you at ease.

5. Choose a time that reduces dental anxiety

An appointment at the start of the day may reduce anxiety – if, for example, you are seen at 8am then it is done by 8.30am and there is no more anxiety to dominate the rest of the day. This is maybe preferable to an appointment at later in the day, where anxiety has time to grow and the worry can impinge on the rest of the day’s tasks or lead you to cancel the appointment you have made. Alternatively, perhaps you want an appointment at the end of your working day so that you don’t feel rushed getting back to work or other commitments. Make the appointment time work for you. It might also be worth booking an appointment as soon as possible. If you have chosen a promising dental practice and they have an appointment in the next couple of days, why not choose the soonest and get it out of the way, rather than having a date weeks in the future which may only increase you stress.

6. Establish a regular dental pattern from a young age

For children it is advisable to start seeing a dentist with their family around their first birthday and to maintain regular check-ups so that going to the dentist never feels like a big deal; it is simply something that forms part of their lives. Even in adulthood this advice holds value, the hardest appointment for anyone who has not been to the dentist in a while is the first one. After that, settle into a pattern, maintain regular check-ups and then you will always know that your oral health is being looked after and appointments will become routine rather than panic inducing.

We Welcome Nervous Patients

At The Dental Surgery in London, we are committed to making every patient’s experience a positive one. This is shown through our patient testimonials. All these are taken from independent, verified reviews on Google.

“You really put me at ease and helped me get over my anxiety of visiting the dentist! It had been a long time between visits and my teeth are in much better shape after just a few visits.”

“I think this dental practice is brilliant! Absolutely amazing and friendly staff. I had been in pain for 2 days and was seen by the dentist first thing the next day after I called in.

“They were very kind, friendly and gentle, and their professional ethics are highly commendable.”

“They took care of the problem and gave me detailed explanation of the situation and aftercare. I would highly recommend this place to my friends and family!”

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