Dr Uchenna Okoye explains normal causes for dental phobia and how London Smiling concierge service helps you overcome your fear of the dentist.
“Most people don’t like visiting the dentist, but some people have an actual phobia. In fact, the British Dental Association says that more than 25% of the great British public feel some sort of anxiety before seeing their dentist.
And it can be anything from fear of the dentist, needles or even fear of being judged because they haven’t been for such a long time.
One of the big things for phobics is the fear of the injection. I use a special numbing gel so you hardly feel anything at all. I also use a device called the wand, which is an electronic way of giving anaesthesia and is virtually pain free.
If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, take along your favourite music with some headphones, so you can block out the noise. At London Smiling, we give you iPods, music, we even give you 3D goggles so you can watch a movie whilst we’re doing your treatment. Basically anything to create a distraction, so you have a much better experience.
So if you have a phobia, find a sympathetic dentist, find someone that will invest the time to listen to you. If your phobia has stopped you from going to the dentist, please, please, please don’t put it off any longer. I’ve seen people who haven’t been to the dentist for more than 20 years and we’ve basically had to reconstruct their whole mouth. The sooner you go, the less dentistry there is to do and surely that must be what you want as a phobic?
Having said that, if you haven’t been to the dentist for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, even 20 years, it’s never too late. The beauty of coming to somebody like me is you can be sure that no matter how bad you think it is, I’ve probably seen worse. I’m not going to judge you. I never look back, only forward at the possibilities.”