Nervous Patients

We appreciate that many of our patients have dental phobias and experience anxiety before and during a visit to our practice.

At The Gentle Dental, we do everything we can to make our patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

Dental Sedation for Anxious Patients

Going to the dentist can elicit debilitating fears and anxiety amongst both adults and children.

This can be a result of a bad experience in the past, feelings of claustrophobia with work being performed on the mouth, or just general fear over pain.

Dental phobias can be extremely serious, not just in terms of well-being for patients’ mental health, but also due to the effect these fears can have on your oral health.

If you suffer from dental anxiety you may put off visiting the dentist, which can, of course, have a detrimental impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

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Some common symptoms of dental phobia include:

  • Continual avoidance or postponing booking appointments
  • Enduring pain for longer than necessary due to the fear of visiting the dentist
  • Bodily reactions (e.g. sweating palms, sore stomach, fast heart rate) when you hear dentistry sounds such as the drill
  • Bad memories from childhood experiences with the dentist

While we do everything we can to make the experience as comfortable as possible for all our patients, we understand these anxieties can be difficult to overcome.

That’s why we offer our nervous patients the option of undergoing sedation when they come to us for treatment.

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We offer inhalation or intravenous sedation services to help nervous patients relax before and during their appointment.

We will carry out a full assessment to ensure your suitability for sedation and decide which type is best for you. 

Though you will remain awake, the sedative will cause you to slip into an incredibly calm and relaxed state. When the treatment is over, you may not remember much about the procedure, if anything at all.

Patients who would like a sedative must bring a friend or family member to drive them home after their treatment.

The sedatives we use can take up to 24 hours to leave your system, so it may be a good idea to clear your diary for the following day.

If you experience dental anxiety, often it can be helpful to discuss the procedure with your dentist in detail before you begin.

Many anxious patients need to know what to expect, so they can mentally prepare for their treatment.

Our dentists are prepared and highly willing to do this.

We will provide you with a relaxing – calm environment where our team will take care of your oral health needs – all you need to do is tell us what you do and don’t like.

If you are sensitive or have a low pain tolerance and this is something causing your fear, we are happy to make case-by-case adjustments in regards to your treatment to make things as comfortable as possible. E.g. slowing down or speeding up procedure, increased medication etc.

We believe that you as the patient is in charge of how your treatment is completed, and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

We foster a relaxed dynamic in our practice, so patients are more likely to feel at home and comfortable from the moment they step into our clinic.

We encourage our patients to bring friends or family members or additional support they need to ensure their treatment is as stress-free as possible.

Don’t worry, our front-office team will look after them while you are having your dental treatment.

If watching your favourite television series or movies makes you comfortable during your treatment, then have no fear – we have television screens on our ceilings (with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney and Sky subscriptions) in addition to Bluetooth headphones and Sonos speakers so you can listen to your favourite albums, podcasts or radio station.


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Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)

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