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Tips to make your visit to the dentist a pleasant experience

  • Feel free to visit the surgery to have a look around, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment. Tell the receptionist that you’re anxious so they can ensure that the dentists are aware beforehand.
  • The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don’t worry that you’ll be launched into having a filling, the drill or a needle. See this first visit as your chance to get to know the dentist.
  • Take a friend with you to your appointment. The dentist won’t mind if they accompany you throughout the check-up or treatment.
  • Agree on a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger and will help you feel more in control.
  • Take a personal stereo with you to listen to music during your visit. It will help you relax.
  • Sedation can help with the anxiety that you feel towards dental treatment allowing you to have the treatment completed whilst feeling relaxed.
  • Sedation will not incur any additional charge.  Standard NHS charges apply for dental treatment required.