A trip to the dentist can cause anxiety for many people. If you feel nervous about any aspect of your visit to see us, be assured that the team here are trained to help make your visit as stress free as possible. Nervous patients are often labelled as having dental phobia. This is a valid condition and can be treated with a slightly modified approach to the provision of dental care.
Many of these people are so fearful about coming in that the health of their mouth suffers as a result. People who avoid the dentist are more likely to have problems with their gums and be more prone to infection and gum disease.
It is important to see a dentist regularly so that if issues with your mouth do arise they can be treated swiftly and can prevent the damage done to your smile becoming irreversible. The good news is that with advances in dentistry there is now no need for you to be in pain whilst at the dentist!
We created the Dentistry For Nervous Patients website specifically for people who are fearful of seeing a dentist. Dr Frances has been working with nervous patients for over 15 years. She designs treatment programs specifically for anxious dental patients. She has devoted a large part of her dental career to the study and understanding of Dental Anxiety, adopting new approaches to dealing with your issues and concerns.
Dr Frances works out of two, central London dental practices – Tavistock Dental and Dental Smiles London.
You can meet her at either practice, whichever is more convenient for you.
My name is Frances. I’m the sedation dentist here. I’ve been looking after nervous patients for about 15 years now.
I’m also a mother to two gorgeous children with a very naughty dog as well.
I trained at Newcastle University many years ago and since then, I’ve really honed in on looking after nervous patients and I have perfected my techniques to make people feel safe and secure in the dental chair.
We understand how coming to the dentist and having treatment can be the scariest thing in the world for some people. But the good news is, we’re the most sympathetic clinic at understanding your fears and your anxieties.
You might have an image in your head of what dentistry is all about, but that is entirely different to what we do here.
We spent a long time making sure that when a patient comes here they have the calmest, most gentle, and most importantly, pain free experience possible.
The most important thing for you to know is we would never judge you. I have seen it all. No matter what state you think your mouth is in, I will have seen something far worse, trust me.
The first step would be to call and arrange a meeting with me. We can chat in a non-clinical environment, away from the dental chair.
We can talk about what you’re scared of, what you’re worried about, and what your concerns are, and I’ll talk to you about what I can do.
I use sedation, which is like feeling sleepy, cosy, and comfortable. With that technique we do your treatment and you’re unaware of it.
We have invested in the best modern technology, meaning, that when possible, we do as much work as we can during your sedation appointment.
As a result, we usually get you finished all in one day. Our patients are happy with only coming for one visit
The great thing about sedation dentistry is you’re competently unaware you are having treatment. You’re asleep.
We have such a friendly bunch of receptionists. Please give them a call, and they can direct you and talk you through any questions you might have.
Are you nervous about seeing the dentist, but concerned about your teeth? The good news is Dr Frances can help you.
Your appointment will be calm, relaxed, and stress free. You don’t need to sit in the dentist chair, you can simply talk to Frances, discuss your fears and concerns and she will tell you how she can help.