Brushing away fear of the dentist

Brushing away fear of the dentist

If you are nervous of the dentist, you’re not alone. NHS figures indicate that around a quarter of us suffer from some kind of anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. In addition, 30% of adults have said that having a tooth drilled would make them feel very or extremely anxious, and 20% suggested similar levels of concern about having a local anaesthetic injection.

When asked about these unfortunate but hardly surprising figures, Dr Noel Hatton, a dentist at Kendrick View Dental Practice in Reading, commented: ‘Feeling anxious about visiting the dentist can have a big effect on the sufferer’s oral health because they tend to avoid making an appointment until they are really in need, perhaps in great pain. This, unfortunately, reinforces the idea that the dental practice is a scary place because treatment is then needed.

‘What we want our patients to understand is that by visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly we can catch any potential problems in their very earliest stages and put in place a plan with the aim of avoiding those treatments that tend to scare people.

‘Whatever the reason for a patient’s visit, whether they’re new or established, coming in for a check-up or in pain, at Kendrick View we are fully aware our patients may be a little nervous and unsure what to expect, so we work hard to put them at ease. We pride ourselves on the friendly approach of our staff and all our dentists have great diagnostic skills married with an empathetic approach.’

If you would like more information about how the friendly team of experts at Kendrick View Dental Practice can help you overcome your fears and achieve a happy smile, visit, call 0118 959 0222 or email

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