Dental Phobia

I enjoy treating people with dental phobia and fear of the dentist

Helping people who thought that they could never achieve dental care again is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of my job. I am trained to specialist level to provide care for people with dental anxiety or dental phobia. This gives me many options to tailor a managment plan that suits your specific needs. In fact, I train dentists who aim to provide dental care to people with dental phobia. I offer the full range of treatment using all dental sedation and dental anesthesia options available in Ireland including:

  • Oral Sedation Dentistry (Premed)
  • IV Sedation Dentistry (Twilight Sedation)
  • Happy air (Nitrous oxide)
  • General anaesthetic (Dental Anesthesia)

To get more information about these sedation and anaesthetic techniques visit the links at the end of the page.

Information for people with dental phobia / fear / anxiety

Firstly, there is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed about your mouth or your dental phobia. Fear is a normal function that protects us from harm. Phobia occurs when this fear or anxiety loses its protective function leading to avoidance and ultimately harm, like worsening tooth decay. Luckily, research shows that phobia can be extinguished and this is my experience with my patients too.

I like to build on positive steps with my phobic patients, giving them a fresh start with the dentist. I understand that often, having control is crucial for people who have dental phobia as it can let many people with phobia realise their sense of power over a situation. SO, let me state this now:

When you come to my clinic, you will be in control. You will not do anything that you do not want to do and you will not be judged.

Sometimes if you put your mind to it, you can be amazed at how easy it can be to beat your fear. There are many behavioural approaches to doing this. Desensitisation is one technique used with some anxious patients to literally remove the fear. This can be enhanced using hypnotherapy to maximise it’s effects.

Fainting, Gagging and Specific Phobias

I can tailor treatment to meet your specific needs. If there are specific triggers I can offer a range of solutions to address these. I specialise in treating people with gagging and exaggerated reflexes. I offer solutions to those with a history of fainting and those with specific anxiety disorders such as needle phobia. For more information on how treatment can be provided, see these links:

 IV sedation dentistry at Hermitage Dental (Twilight Sedation)

Happy air at Hermitage Dental (Nitrous oxide)

General anaesthetic at Hermitage Dental (Dental Anesthesia)