Top Tips on overcoming dental phobia



dental phobiaDental phobia is very common, affecting as many as one in four people. Fortunately, many dentists these days, like us here at Friars Walk Dental Practice, our understanding towards dental-phobic patients and do all they can do to make dental treatment stress-free. Of course, fear of the dentist will never go completely, and if you are one of those people who have put off visits to a dentist for years due to dental anxiety, you would probably discover that the experience is not as bad as you think. However, if you need further encouragement, here are some tips on how to keep your dental phobia at bay.


  • Find the right dentist who will understand. Search online for dentists in your area that specialise in dental phobic patients, or ask your friends and relatives if they can recommend one.
  • Visit the dentist’s surgery before the day of your appointment and have a look around, chat to the receptionist and dentist and get a feel for the place. Explain your concerns to them – this will make you feel better instantly, and it will help them ensure that they provide the right service for you.
  • On your first visit, take someone with you that you trust, such as a close friend who has no fear of dentists. It may even help to have them with you during the check-up or treatment.
  • Start gradually with a clean and polish, and then when you are more confident you can go for the more extensive treatment.
  • Agree some sort of 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.

Hopefully, these tips will help allay your fears. If you have any further concerns relating to dental phobia, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help at Friars Walk Dental Practice on 0158 2638 908 or email