Nervous Patients in Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Dental Practice
The Spendlove Centre, Enstone Road, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PQ

nervous patients

Only a handful of people enjoy going to the dentist. For many individuals, previous experiences from childhood dental clinics or traumatic dental treatments have left them with underlying dental fears and phobias of the dentist, which in turn leads to missed dental appointments, neglected teeth and in worse cases dental pain.

Kam has built her reputation on her ability to put nervous patients at ease. She understands that visits to the dentist can be nerve wracking and has many ways of helping patients gradually build their confidence. Nervous patients are welcome to book a time to come in, free of charge, and meet us informally before having a check-up. The whole dental care team is sympathetic to your anxiety, and we will listen carefully to your concerns and take everything entirely at your pace so that you can eventually look forward to your visits.

Why are people so anxious about visiting the dentist?

There are several reasons why people are phobic about visiting the dentist. These are the mostly common reasons we come across at the Charlbury Dental Practice:

  • Previous negative experience.
  • Not being in control.
  • Unsympathetic dentists.
  • Embarrassed about the condition of teeth and gums.
  • Fear of dental instruments being placed in the mouth or gagging tendency.
  • Fear of the unknown.
  • Noise of dental instruments.

Possible Solutions

The first step you can make in overcoming dental phobia is to recognise it and understanding that something can be done about it. There are several ways in which we will try to help you overcome your anxieties, and many things that you yourself can do:

  • Communicating your fears and concerns – we at the Charlbury Dental Practice are good listeners which can help you relieve your anxieties. It is important that you can talk about your fears and concerns with us openly and comfortably.
  • A full explanation of the procedures involved – often something as simple as an explanation of how the dental procedure will be carried out step by step in a non-technical way, or giving you the opportunity to ask questions, will relieve that fear of the unknown.
  • Try to be open and honest with your dentist if you feel embarrassed about the condition of your teeth or your lack of previous dental care. The important thing is that you’re taking a step in the right direction to resolve the issue.
  • Relaxation and distraction techniques – we offer distraction and relaxation techniques, relaxing music and oils to mask any clinical smells.
  • Using a pain-free injection technique – before giving an injection, your dentist can apply a numbing gel (topical anaesthetic) to your gums. Giving the injection slowly reduces the pressure and causes less pain. We can also use a local anaesthetic delivery system called "Citoject" which delivers the local anaesthetic slowly and doesn't look like a syringe.
  • Quiet equipment – we use KaVo GENTLEsilence handpieces, probably the quietest and virtually vibration free dental drills on the market to create a more relaxed environment.