I have a belief that all dentistry should be pain free and stress free for all involved. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and this can result in anxiety or even a phobia developing. I often see the result of someone being so anxious about dental treatment that they put it off until they have no option than to attend and then, usually in pain. This results in a continually negative experience as they never can associate a trip to the dentist without pain and stress.
There are a few reasons that most people will cite for being scared of the dentist and usually in my experience they are:
I find that just a good conversation can go a long way to allay some of these fears with plenty of reassurance. Most people think that they are the only ones who feel this way and are often embarrassed, but studies have shown that between 30-60% of the British population have some level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. I think that there is no need to do any treatment unless a patient is completely numb and comfortable and this is a promise that I make to my patients. We also use a stop signal if someone needs me to stop for ANY reason, a cough, sneeze, to nip to the loo, have rinse etc
I want our patients to experience the best possible experience that they could have in a dental practice when they visit us at Evolve. We do this in many ways, we don’t really look like a dental practice, we don’t smell like a dental practice, we serve proper coffee, amazing tea, we even serve champagne, we listen to our patients and we invest in equipment and skills to ensure that we are as up to date as possible. Recently I invested in a piece of kit call The Wand STA.