If you are one of these, you are not alone! There are so many nervous and anxious dental patients out there, and we have more than our fair share of them!……because we are gentle and friendly and caring. Once they come to us, they don’t want to go anywhere else! Not only that, they tell all their other nervous and anxious friends and family, and they come too! But we love looking after them all! We take baby steps, and careful steps, and explain very slowly what we’re doing. No surprises. Many of these wonderful people still come to Dobson Dental 40 years on!
Dental anxiety is usually caused by a past negative dental experience. It could have been a painful, embarrassing or frightening experience, either recently or even decades ago. Sometimes, anxiety is caused by a feeling of helplessness, or lack of understanding from the dentist, or even pain after a dental visit.
At Dobson Dental we start to tackle these issues by being very open in our communication, and developing a very trusting relationship. We spend a lot of time listening carefully to concerns and explaining our intentions. We even explain each step we plan to take very carefully. (That is of course unless you don’t like that!). Our patients have to know we take their fears seriously.
We have a range of relaxation techniques we can use if needed, and patients can bring their own music selections if they prefer. When treatment begins, we take it slowly and gently. Every patient is different, and has different needs and requirements from us. We enjoy helping our Nervous Nellies, and getting to know them better!