Dental phobia

If you feel anxious about having dental treatment, rest assured you’re not alone. It’s very common to be worried about going to the dentist, or even to experience dental phobia. At Durham City Smiles we believe you deserve the best dental care possible. Our team are trained to alleviate any fears, and make sure you feel calm and in control during every single visit.  

We know that your dental health is intrinsically linked to your overall health, and that visiting the dentist as an emergency can be especially nerve-wracking. We recommend regular check ups to keep your visits stress-free, and to deal with any issues before they become a problem.

A fresh start

We ensure you have the best possible experience from the moment you step through the door. Our friendly team will put you at ease, and a comfortable reception, well supplied with magazines, complimentary refreshments and your choice of music, will help you feel relaxed.

Talk it through

Here at Durham City Smiles we are very sympathetic towards your fears and phobias. We have a dedicated Treatment Co Ordinator, Gemma, who has many years of experience in understanding patient's dental phobias. Our dedicated patient suite will allow you to chat with Gemma in a relaxed and non clinical environment. Our aim is to make your feel totally in control of your dental care and slow adapt to your surroundings. Gemma will be with you every step of the way throughout your treatment plan.    

A modern solution

If you have a severe dental phobia, talk to us about how sedation might help. There are a variety of ways to administer sedation to ensure you’re calm and relaxed before treatment begins.

Helpful techniques

There are a number of ways to alleviate your dental anxieties, some of which you can put into practice before you even arrive.

  • Book a morning appointment, so you’re not worried about it all day.
  • Remember that your first appointment is only a consultation: you can talk everything through with us ahead of treatment.
  • Bring a friend with you to your appointment to help give you support.
  • Talk to family and friends about their positive experiences at the dentist.
  • Start slowly: ask us for a simple clean and polish to help you get used to dental procedures.

More support

Help is at hand for dental anxiety and phobia.

The Portman online resource centre provides a range of helpful independent sites:

To find out about how we can improve your next visit to the dentist, speak to one of our friendly team today.

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