woman is sedated while dentist is checking her mouth

It’s amazing how many advances there have been in dentistry in the last few decades. Dental implants (replacement teeth that work as well as natural teeth) are pretty much routine now. Braces that are 3D printed and can’t be seen when they are on the teeth. Tiny slivers of porcelain that can slip over damaged teeth and make them look like new again. These are all dental miracles. So how come dentistry is still so scary then?

Well, it doesn’t have to be. More and more practices, such as Care Dental Platinum, are finding ways to become a dentist for nervous patients in London. Dentists are doing postgraduate training in ways to transform their clinics and their chairside manner to make patients feel more relaxed. Some even go the extra mile and work on techniques, such as the Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™, that offer pain-free, even pleasurable treatment.

The Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™ is the brainchild of Dr Bashar Al-Naher, who, after qualifying as a general dentist in 1984, was deeply distressed at seeing patients experience stress, fear and pain as they underwent dental treatment. He became determined to find a helpful technique, so that as a dentist for nervous patients in London, he would be able to offer patients a much more pleasant, pain-free experience.

Clinical hypnosis

Part of this technique involves the use of clinical hypnosis, which puts the patient into an altered state of deep relaxation, in which they can receive suggestions that are designed to calm and transform their anxieties about dental treatment. Clinical hypnosis is completely safe and nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will.

Gas and air

This method of sedation is more flexible than oral sedation because the flow of nitrous oxide and oxygen that comprises gas and air can be adjusted during the treatment to create different depths of sedation. And, unlike, intravenous sedation, it avoids the use of needles, which are often part of dental phobia.

Find a dentist

The best place to start searching for a dentist for nervous patients in London is online, by keying in dentist + nervous patient + a location. Most dentists’ websites have a section about sedation and nervous patients.