No fear, no pain and now a wonderful smile! Meeting a dentist who has all the patience and understanding in the world is a huge step forward in facing your fear and receiving the gentle dental care you need.
Our whole team at Today’s Dentistry is friendly, relaxed and encouraging. We believe in nurturing every patient whether they have dental anxiety or not.
Why do we treat everybody with the same caring, gentle dental approach? “Because anxious patients often don’t reveal to us that they’re afraid of the dentist,” explains Dr David Kerr. “People that are really scared often feel embarrassed about it.”
While overcoming your anxiety won’t all be plain sailing, we’ll take it step by step with you and do everything we can to help you progress.
Talk and communicate with us – you are in control
“People who have dental anxiety are mostly concerned they don’t have control of their decisions,” says Dr Kerr.
“If this is you, we’ll talk with you about your concerns, give you options, let you know what’s going to happen and how much it’s going to cost. We won’t choose anything for you – you will make the decisions.
“We find that when patients do this, they feel they can get on with it and have the treatment they need.”
We offer treatment at our sedation clinic
“If you suffer from dental anxiety, we’ll never judge – it’s our job to understand what’s going on with you. You may come in crying or having a panic attack, not even knowing what you’re upset about.
“We’ll treat you with a calming, gentle dental approach and give you all the options. With decisions in your own hands, we find many anxious patients eventually get over their fear.
“However, if you can’t overcome your dentist fear, we’ll discuss the option of having your treatment done at our sedation clinic. We can put you to sleep with intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic, simply to make you feel more comfortable. Some patients just want to sleep through everything they’re afraid of.”
Seek professional therapy
Sometimes fear of the dentist can be a symptom of a psychological condition or social disorder.
“If you’re open enough to talk about your dental anxiety with us, we can refer you to a psychologist or therapist for stress management.
“We encourage you to address these issues because often it may not be just the dentist you have problems with – you may have anxieties about many things in your life.
“Being in a dental environment can simply trigger and amplify other underlying psychological challenges you may have.”
It’s never too late to get help
We understand you might feel nervous about making an appointment, but remember you’re in control.