Why do people fear the dentist?

At Care Dental Platinum, we pride ourselves on being a great dentist for nervous patients. In London, at our clinic, we strive all the time to gain new insights into the reasons why people fear the dentist. One of the things that this determination has taught us is that everyone is different when it comes to defining why they worry about visiting the dentist.

As a dentist for nervous patients in London, we have seen some common themes but these can be anchored in very individual experiences. People often fear pain for example, but this can be related to one experience rather than their general experience of the dentist. Some do not like the environment – perhaps the smell or the lights – but this could be linked to a childhood memory of everything being much bigger and more intimidating.

When does a fear of the dentist become a phobia?

A large portion of the population feel some aversion to going to the dentist. Many of those can still go, however, and they manage to get through it and make their next routine appointment or arrange to have work done. Someone with a phobia of the dentist finds this much more difficult, or impossible, to do. They will avoid the dentist at all costs to the detriment of their oral health. If they have a dental emergency which necessitates a visit to the dentist, they may experience deep fear and physical symptoms such as sweating, rapid breathing and a racing heart. You can read a little more of the symptoms and behaviours here.

What can we do to help?

Care Dental Platinum offers services as a dentist for nervous patients in London. We do not want you to have the experiences described above. We have worked with phobic patients as well as those with a more moderate, but still uncomfortable, aversion to the dentist. We offer a range of techniques to address your specific issues. The first step is to make an appointment with us. Let the administrative staff know that you experience difficulty visiting the dentist and they will ensure that your needs are met. This may mean, for example, guaranteeing that only a discussion will take place during your first appointment so you can visit without worrying about what will happen.