A survey by the British Dental Association has revealed that 25% of people suffer from anxiety before visiting the dentist, and for many more people their anxiety is so severe that they stop visiting the dentist altogether, having a disastrous effect on their oral health, leading to unnecessary pain, mouth infection and even loss of teeth.
Our philosophy is based on prevention – in an ideal world no one would need treatment, so we encourage regular attendance which is proven to minimise the need for future treatment. Our friendly team of dental care professionals have a wealth of experience in treating nervous patients, making your visits as comfortable as possible in our newly modernised treatment rooms. There are many ways we can help you feel more relaxed about your visits:
- early morning appointments (as early as 8.00am) means you will not have all day to dwell on it
- call into the practice and meet the team – if you phone ahead it may be possible to arrange for you to view one of our treatment rooms
- agree a sign before starting treatment, for example a raised hand will indicate to the dentist that you need a little break. this puts you firmly in control
- bring a friend along for morale support
Common reasons people tend to avoid visiting the dentist: (and our solutions!)
‘They will be shocked at the state of my mouth!’ – Having committed to make an appointment with us means that you are looking to improve your oral health. We see a wide range of patients, with a variety of dental issues. Improving your health and cosmetics is our primary concern.
‘Dental treatment is painful – I’ve had a previous unpleasant experience’ – Modern dentistry had evolved (and continues to), allowing us to use the latest techniques and materials to provide the most comfortable experience possible.
‘But I’m not having any problems’ – Prevention is better than cure! We are able to detect issues before they arise, for example we use the latest techniques to detect early decay in between teeth, and our hygienist will work with you to reverse early gum disease.
‘I’ve heard dental treatment can be expensive’ – The vast majority of patients are surprised by how manageable their treatment can be after not attending for a long period. We provide all patients with a detailed treatment plan, explaining all treatment and costs at the start. Once your confidence has built up you may consider becoming a regular patient at the practice and benefit from our preventive advice and appointments: our range of monthly payment plans mean there is an option for everybody. Also you will receive 10% off your treatment fees if you join one of our preventive payment plans, please ask a member of the team for further details.
If you have any other concerns regarding visiting the practice or any specific treatment, please call the practice on 01443 812559 (Ystrad Mynach) 0r 01443 451851 (Nelson) and chat to a member of the team.