Nervous and Anxious Patients

We create a calm relaxing aura around our practice to keep our patients in a nice calm relaxed zone. We find being in Sainsbury’s is very helpful, as it doesn’t feel a ‘usual’ trip to the dentist. Dr Harry Singh will discuss with you at your initial consultation his techniques to keep your mind in a relaxed zone during the later treatment process; so that you don’t feel anxious during the treatment at all. We work hard as a team with our patients to take the phobia out of dentistry. 

We see a lot of nervous, apprehensive and phobic patients and are able to enable them to receive the dentistry they require in a relaxed manner.  

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Feeling a little anxious?

Many of us have experienced fear of something in our lifetime like spiders, heights, failure, flying… With all of these things, generally the longer the fear lingers, the harder it is to address.

“Dental anxiety is one of the more common specific phobias and anxiety conditions for which Anxiety UK receives numerous requests for support every year” says Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive at Anxiety UK.

With the support of Anxiety UK, we want to raise the profile of dental anxiety in the UK and encourage people who may have been avoiding going to the dentist due to fear to seek help and take those first steps.

Mild fear and anxiety before a visit to a dentist or doctor is common. It becomes a concern, however, when the fear or anxiety stops people getting the treatment they need and leaves them struggling with toothache, discomfort or dissatisfaction with the way their teeth look. This most extreme type of dental anxiety is classed as a dental phobia (also known as ‘odontophobia’).

Our team are experts in dealing with patients who suffer from fear and anxiety and they understand that a patient’s previous dental experiences may not have been quite what we offer here at Oldbury.

Read our FAQs below to find out more

Are you a nervous or anxious patient?

View our FAQs or contact the team.

At Oldbury Smile Spa, our Face Your Fear programme actively encourages nervous patients to confront their dental anxiety. By taking small steps to become familiar with their dental practice, our patients feel increasingly comfortable and confident to undergo vital treatment.

We invite our patients to come in and have a look around, speak to the team, have a conversation with the dentist and even sit in the dentist’s chair to familiarise them with the environment, without the need to have treatment done there and then. Plus, we serve a reassuringly good cup of tea!
According to statistics from the Oral Health Foundation, almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist, with 12% of these suffering from an extreme dental anxiety or phobia. In addition, visiting the dentist is ranked number one for making people nervous – even more popular than a fear of heights.
Dental health is an important part of your overall wellbeing and it’s important to remember that poor oral health is not simply about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.
Contact your local practice to see how they can help you feel at ease. You can also call Oldbury Smile Spa for a dedicated helpline to talk to someone about your dental fears or worries.

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