Category: Nervous Patients

Are You One Of The Many People That Are Scared To Visit Your Dentist?

As a dentist in Southampton we take a great interest in the numerous dental surveys which take place. Having read a recent survey it seems that dental phobia is still rife in the UK with people rating a visit to the dentist as more alarming than any of the top 10 most common phobias. 33% of people who took part in the survey said that a check-up was more terrifying than interacting with other people. Results also revealed that visiting a dentist was more alarming than flying, spiders, open or confined spaces, driving, and animals (25%), and lastly illness and vomiting (24%).

southampton dentistWhen asked what triggers their fear the most, one in three people said it was a fear of injections and needles, and 25% said it was the thought of pain. The good news is that as dentists we don’t have two heads and protruding eyeballs; we’re kind and compassionate human beings who totally under patients’ fears and do all we can to allay them. In fact with a combination of a relaxing environment, painless gentle treatments, and advanced dental technologies, we make sure that your visit is as pleasant as can be. If you haven’t visited a Southampton dentist for years because of anxiety and fear, then be assured that you’ll find the experience much more bearable than before.

Why are some people so scared of the dentist?

For many people it’s unpleasant memories of visiting the dentist when they were a child. They remember the clinical smell and the stark waiting room. Nowadays you can expect to be greeted by a smiling receptionist and polite staff. The waiting rooms are tranquil and relaxed with soft pastel shades, colourful pictures on the walls, and a vase of fresh flowers. You’ll find a selection of magazines, a drinks machine and comfortable chairs to sit on.

When it comes to treatment you can expect to feel no pain at all. The dental wand, which is a kind of computer driven injection, is great for anyone who is scared of needles or we can apply plenty of numbing gel to your gums before giving you an injection. We also offer concious sedation techniques for anyone undergoing lengthy or complex treatments who’d prefer to be put in a relaxed frame of mind and barely aware of what is going on around them. Indeed, thanks to the use of superior 3D Cat scans and computer imagery, for some treatments such as dental implants we can do the majority of the planning backstage before you even undertake any treatment. Technologies such as these shorten the time spent in the dentist’s chair, enable accurate and precise treatment, and produce successful outcomes time and time again.

If you haven’t visited a dentist because you were too scared, then trust us to help. Call Smilemakers on 02380 442626 and book an appointment with Dr Thomas Darling. Mention that you have a fear of the dentist and we’ll do all we can to assist you. During an initial consultation we’ll carry out a thorough examination to assess your dental needs. If you decide to go ahead, we can map out a treatment plan and timeline for you. Often, simply by meeting our friendly team, seeing for yourself the environment and the state-of-the-art equipment, you may find your fears disappear. If you’d like more information about the practice then please visit our website at

Dealing With Nervous Patients The Modern Way

As a popular Southampton dentist, we see many patients over the course of a week, some of whom suffer from dental anxiety. We understand that many of the fears associated with a visit to the dentist can be both deep rooted and varied, and for this reason we employ a number of techniques to help the patient feel relaxed, so that we can give them the best possible care and treatment.

We practice ‘gentle dentistry’

Southampton dentistWe strongly believe that how we treat our patients is as important as our technical abilities. For this reason we continually refine our approaches to avoid placing undue levels of stress and anxiety on any patients. Dental wands, numbing gels, and air abrasion techniques all help to deliver gentle pain-free dentistry, while simple behavioral management techniques help the patient to remain relaxed and calm throughout the treatment.

We pride ourselves on excellent customer experience

It’s pretty daunting for any customer to walk into a dental clinic or see a new dentist for the first time, but even more so when you’re an anxious or nervous patient. For this reason our whole customer experience is about making you feel welcome. Our reception area for example is comfortable and relaxing with magazines and tea or coffee on hand if you wish. Our staff are friendly and sensitive to your needs, and the dental areas are bright, modern, and non-intimidating.

We minimise dental anxiety with technique

Dr Thomas Darling and the team pride themselves on developing rapports with all of their patients. Having fully understood the needs, requirements, and fears of our patients, the team deliver a treatment plan based around each individual. For instance, rather than rushing the treatment of an anxious patient our team allows them to relax fully before explaining exactly what we’re going to do. This includes how they should feel during the treatment and why they should feel relaxed and confident that they’re in safe hands.

On the whole we believe that addressing the needs of anxious patients is crucial because neglected teeth and gums through not visiting the dentist will have harmful effects not just on your their health but their overall health too. This is why we offer the best possible care for anxious/nervous patients.

If you’re an anxious patient but really need to visit a Southampton dentist then come and talk to Smilemakers. To find out more about how we can help you simply visit our website at or to make an appointment contact us on 02380 44 26 26. Don’t let your dental issues worsen because of your fears!