Nervous Dental Patients

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 our teeth and mouth or 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 surgery.


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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, and 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.

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 audiobook 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.

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, with no fillings, drills or needles.
  5. Take a friend to accompany you throughout the check-up.
  6. Agree on 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.


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What do they say about Larkham House?

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

Diana B

“Lovely practice, never run late, and never rushed by dentist, feel like the check-up is thorough and honest”- Lyndsay. W”

Lyndsay W

“My family’s teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone”

Joanna C

“Excellent service, they really care about you as a person and your family wellbeing”

Abigail S

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

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  • 49 Larkham Lane
  • Plymouth
  • PL7 4PH
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