Nervous Patients

at Dentalcare Swindon

Dentalcare Swindon welcomes and supports nervous patients

According to research, 1 in 4 people are scared about going to the dentist. For some people this fear is so bad that it is classed as a dental phobia and cause panic attacks or severe anxiety.

Fear of the dentist can be triggered by different reasons. Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience at the dentist in the past. Maybe you’re embarrassed about your teeth or it might be the fear of the unknown.

Being scared to visit the dentist can lead to avoiding dental appointments. Avoiding the dentist can mean missing out on vital dental treatment which leads to further problems with your teeth, causing more fear and potentially leading to greater cost implications.

At Dentalcare Swindon, we passionately believe that everyone has the right to access dental care. We have a lot of experience in helping nervous dental patients overcome their fears. We work with you to find solutions that help, and we never rush you into doing anything that you don’t feel comfortable with.

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Helping to overcome dental phobias in Swindon

As with many things in life, we believe that if you know more about a situation you will feel more comfortable and in control.

We can start by talking you through the environment and talking about the process that dentists go through. When you feel ready, little by little we can build up to you having a general inspection of your teeth without any treatment.

Thanks to advances in technology, dental treatments are now far less invasive than ever before. You will never be asked to undergo treatment that you do not understand or feel ready for.

Aspects that we find can also help with nervous dental patients include:


  • Finding an understanding dentist that you can trust
  • Visiting the surgery and talking to the staff about your fears
  • Booking a morning appointment so that you don’t have to wait all day to see the dentist
  • Increasing treatment sessions times little by little
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Start with a basic teeth cleaning treatment before attempting more extensive dental treatment
  • Agree a sign with your dentist should you need to stop for a break
  • Take some music or an audio book to listen to during your appointment to help calm you

Feeling nervous about having more complex treatments is understandable. We offer local anaesthetic to help manage any pain. This is administered quickly and painlessly to the gum to numb the area so that you cannot feel anything.

We urge nervous patients to overcome the first and biggest hurdle of calling the surgery in confidence. We can then talk through the next steps with you.