Nervous Patient Programme


Dental phobia is an extreme and frequently paralysing dread of dental care. Because fear is a taught behaviour, it may be unlearned. You can conquer your worries through patient-centred behaviour modification that considers you as a whole person, not as a set of teeth. Our Wimbledon anxious patient programme has been established to include the following:


Empower Yourself


As a patient, you are entitled to explanation and clarification of all suggested operations. If you have a question about a certain operation, ask it! Use your knowledge to relieve your anxiety of the unknown. You should have input into decisions and options regarding your care. You should be candid with your dentist about how much treatment you can initially tolerate. As you gain confidence in yourself and trust in your care team, the duration of your appointment and the quantity of work completed will improve.


Sense of Control


Establish a signalling system that allows you to stop for any reason, whether you need more anaesthetic, want to rinse, or just need a break. The most typical indicator is a raised hand.


Never Embarrass Yourself


If you have been mocked in the past for your behaviour or if you are embarrassed by your current dental state due to your negligence, please be open and offer your dentist the opportunity to understand your concerns and demonstrate that they care. You will be astounded by the abundance of therapy alternatives that you did not believe were possible. It is never too late to get a new smile thanks to contemporary dentistry!


Relaxation Techniques


If you feel stiff while seated, the quickest approach to relax is through physical relaxation techniques. A comfortable body facilitates a calm and clear thinking. The human body cannot simultaneously be physically relaxed and emotionally anxious! These emotions cannot be processed concurrently. Physical relaxation techniques are easier to use initially than cognitive ones, therefore practise physical relaxation techniques first. Physical relaxation techniques include Diaphragmatic Breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and other yoga techniques.


A comfortable body facilitates a calm and clear thinking. By creating calmness in the midst of stimuli that ordinarily elicit phobias, the anxiety reaction is considerably lessened over numerous exposures, and as you gain confidence, you will progressively become desensitised to these anxieties. The memories of painful trips will be replaced by less scary ones, and this setting, along with your relaxation techniques, will help you overcome your concerns.




As you feel more comfortable in the dental environment, you can engage in numerous distraction strategies that accessible. Using an iPod or MP3 player is a frequent practise. The usage of virtual reality-like eyewear will immerse you in a pleasant visual and acoustic experience, allowing you to forget you’re in the dentist’s chair. Although it is simple to disable any of these gadgets, if necessary, we only recommend distraction strategies after you have built some level of trust and confidence. Otherwise, your ability to communicate will be impaired.


Extreme Cases


We can use oral or intravenous sedation to aid you through your dental procedure in extreme cases.


Predictable Pain Management


The administration of local anaesthetics to prevent pain is facilitated by a variety of innovative approaches in contemporary dentistry.


Numerous individuals have anatomical or biological variances that necessitate the use of personalised treatments in order to reliably provide adequate local analgesia.


This difference must be acknowledged and discussed to your dentist. All shots must be administered slowly. The needle is not the primary cause of discomfort; rather, it is the pressure and volume of the fluids being injected that creates the pain.


While delivering injections, it is also necessary to take into account the vast variances in tissue types across distinct anatomical regions and between individuals.




Several individuals are self-conscious and anxious about dental care and visits to the dentist. We provide our worried patients with two types of sedation to make their appointments more soothing and enjoyable.


The first sort of sedation is intravenous, or IV. The sedative is delivered in a regulated manner, allowing you to feel at ease throughout the dental procedure.


If you dislike needles, inhalation sedation is a fantastic option for you. A tiny mask is placed over the nose and mouth, and a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is breathed in. This petrol mixture will help you relax throughout your dentist visit. You remain awake and aware while undergoing sedation, but you will experience a profound sense of tranquilly and relaxation as your teeth are worked on.


Our dentists and nurses are fully trained to administer various types of sedation and will ensure your safety and comfort throughout your whole appointment.


Now you do not have to let your fear of the dentist prevent you from receiving the necessary dental care.


A safe method of remaining calm and relaxed throughout dental procedures.

How do I calm down before going to the dentist?

  • Talk to someone about it to make your feel better
  • Listen to music
  • Focus on your breathing while in the chair
  • Pick the first appointment so you don’t have time to worry about it
  • Your dentist can prescribe you anxiety relief medication

What can a dentist give you for anxiety?

Your dentist can prescribe you anxiety relief medication which is taken about an hour before the appointment to help you relax. If a patient has an extreme phobia of the dentist, they may suggest conscious sedation so that your treatment can be done comfortably and efficiently.

How common is dental anxiety?

Having a dental phobia is very common and affects about 36% of the population. 12% also suffer with an extreme fear of the dentist. This can have an impact on patient’s oral health as they might avoid coming to the dentist. If there are any problems that are left untreated, they may get worse which can make it harder for these patients as the treatment may become more invasive the longer a treatment is delayed.

What is considered conscious sedation?

Conscious sedation is a mixture of medication to help relax a person while blocking pain with anaesthetic. This can be done for medical and dental procedures. It means that the patient is awake and aware of what is going on but is unable to feel pain or speak. This type of sedation is recommended for patients who are very nervous as it can make the procedure a lot easier for the patient and dentist.

What does conscious sedation feel like?

The effects of sedation feel different depending in the type of sedation and the person under sedation. The main symptoms include feeling relaxed and drowsy. The more the sedation kicks in it can get rid of any anxiety or stress that may have been felt before the sedation. This is why it is a great option for patients with dental phobias.

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