Treating Nervous Dental Patients across Plymouth

Nervous patients at Larkham House Dental Practice

Are you scared of visiting the dentist?

We see plenty of nervous dental patients from across Plymouth, so if you feel nervous about visiting the dentist or hygienist you are not alone. One in four of us are scared of the dentist, often due either to a negative past dental experience, embarrassment about their teeth and mouth or a fear of pain or the unknown. In some, that fear is so intense that it is classed as dental phobia, which can cause panic attacks and severe anxiety at even the thought of a trip to the surgery.

At Larkham House Dental Practice, we promise to look after you really well, especially our nervous dental patients, offering only gentle dentistry. We specialise in looking after dental patients who suffer from dental phobia. Our caring, highly experienced staff will take the time to talk through your fears in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Before treatment, you will be provided with all the available options, an explained treatment plan, outlining costs and steps to be taken.  We also devise signals so that you can tell us if you need a break during treatment.

Dental Advances

If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable nowadays.

Advances in technology have also improved dentistry. Treatment can now be completely painless. A numbing gel can also be used to numb your gums before an injection so you don’t feel the needle.

Visit Dental Fear Central for information on dental anxiety.

Reassuring dental patient

How do we manage dental pain?

Many of our very nervous patients are now comfortable with our ‘no pain’ techniques and numbing gels, there are various methods and techniques we can use to alleviate your dental anxiety and pain.  Dependent on your tolerance and sensitivity we can use numbing agents (topical for tenderness) or sedatives (by injection for nerve sensitivity) during treatment.

We encourage our patients to  listen to their favourite music or an audio-book during treatment, while always being able to alert the dentist or hygienist. If you are experiencing discomfort or want us to give you a moment, on your agreed signal we will stop immediately, ensuring that you always remain in control of your visit to Larkham House.

Happy relaxed dental patient

Tips on how to ease your dental fear

  1. Find an understanding dentist.
  2. Visit the surgery, meet your dentist and tell them about your fears
  3. Pick an appointment early in the morning, so you don’t spend all day dreading it.
  4. Your first appointment will simply be a check-up, no fillings, drills or a needles.
  5. Take a friend to accompany you throughout the check-up.
  6. Agree a sign with your dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop, keeping you in control.
  7. Start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment.
  8. Take your phone and earphones with you, so you can listen to music to help you relax.
Dr Graham Adlard, Director at Larkham House Dental Practice

Dr Graham Adlard


GDC 78803
BDS (Lon), Pg Dip ClinDent, MFGDP RCS (Eng)
Clinical educator
NHS Dental Chair for South West England

Special interest in:

To Diploma level.

He also has a interest in:

For which he has undertaken many hours of advanced courses.

Graham qualified from The Royal London in 2000. Following his experience in hospital with Maxillo-facial surgery, community and
general NHS practice, Graham became principal and sole owner of Larkham House Dental Practice. Vivek Giddani became a
director in 2018.

Graham has been a facilitator and clinical supervisor for the Peninsular Dental School from its inception to the present day where it has become one of the leading dental universities in the UK.

Graham is the NHS Dental Chair for South West, overseeing all aspects of primary and secondary care. His ethos is to secure the
longevity of NHS dentistry and improve referral networks.

Graham aims to promote good Oral Health from Bristol to the Isles of Scilly.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

Happy patient

Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

Dental implant patient December

Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

Implant patient

Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
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