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Your tooth starts to ache. Its time to visit the dentist. What do you fear? What exactly is Dental Phobia ? Take a look at the different types of dental phobia listed below and how we can help you overcome your fear.

Fear of the dentist:

Having a fear of the dentist is very common. Some people have suffered from negative experiences, however dentistry has evolved and today dentists tend to offer a rather pleasant experience. We understand that it is very easy to assume that dentists are bad people. If you have experienced visiting several dental clinics, that unfortunately you did not approve of, this does not mean that all dentists confirm to this pattern.

Fear of sights, sounds and smells in the dental environment: Visual, auditory and scent perception are powerful environmental triggers.


Dental Phobia – Sight

If you suffer from dental phobia and the sights you associate with dentistry, this is enough to generate intense feelings of anxiety or even panic.

We have created an environment where you will feel relaxed and nothing will remind you that you are actually visiting the dentist. Feel free to come in, have a look and feel the atmosphere, prior to booking any appointments. We are confident you will find your self feeling relaxed here at Ferry Dental Centre.


Dental Phobia – Smell

If you think of the typical dental surgery smell, then relax – this is outdated now. But certain smells of some antiseptics are unavoidable. Nowadays dental clinics are phobic friendly. At Ferry Dental we have carefully chosen scents that trigger positive thoughts and feelings. All areas of the practice smell pleasant. We believe that even in the surgery you will not notice anything from the past – as we use odour free antiseptics and the process of sterilising instruments is carried out in a different room.


Dental Phobia – Sound

Nowadays dental clinics are not as noisy as they used to be. You must bare in mind that when a noise is inserted in the mouth it sounds much louder than it actually is. It is the dentist’s job to introduce all the equipment to you, regarding how they work and what noise they make. If he/she forgets to tell you about this, don’t hesitate to ask. Sounds are subjective experiences. We all must be aware of the sound of your voice if we cover your ears – it sounds very different and louder. Most patients relate the sound of the dental equipment to the amount of pain, due to past experiences. Whenever the patient hears that sound, the pain perception aggravates even though this is physiologically impossible. If these sounds bother you, ask your dentist for our headphones or thoughts which can divert your attention from the sound. Nowadays, in most of the clinics and hospitals silent background music is played to make the atmosphere phobic friendly. We supply headphones to insulate sound as much as possible. Please ask.


Dental Phobia – Needles

If you suffer from needle phobia you needn’t worry, you are certainly not the only one. Almost 90% of people share this fear. Not all dentists can give painless injections, so to overcome this matter, topical anaesthesia gel is applied on the gum. By applying this gel, the injections are less painless. We have to be honest and admit that some minor discomfort will be experienced, but nothing like pain. Once the injection starts working, you will feel no pain and you will find out that dental procedures are not as terrible as you thought. There are many different approaches and techniques often used to calm nervous patients, such as hypnosis, systematic desensitisation, deep breathing, visualisation, and guided imagery, positive affirmations and reward systems.


Dental Phobia – Embarrassed?

What the dentist really thinks: People who suffer from dental phobia have long known that “intense embarrassment is due to poor dental status or perceived neglect, often with fear of negative social evaluation as chief complaint”. This is extremely common with those suffering from dental phobia. Whatever caused the phobia initially leads to avoidance which in turn means no access to professional dental care, usually resulting in poor oral health and at some stage the results of this neglect are perceived to be so embarrassing that its totally impossible to see the dentist even when in pain.

So this is a humble request, please stop torturing yourself, be upfront about your fears and ask your dentist not to make any comments that you might construe as negative. You cannot change the past, so let’s focus on the future: brush and floss as good as you can and come in to discuss your future. It may help to know that from the dentist’s perspective, the situation looks very different. Dentists have been trained to help people who are experiencing problems with their teeth and gums. It is our role to rectify your oral problems. We are here to help you.

Whatever your current oral condition, we can help you achieve the “Hollywood Smile” you have always dreamed of and you can start smiling again.

Click HERE for our top tips to overcome dental anxiety.

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James CruzatJames Cruzat
13:05 24 May 24
The doctor and the staff is really nice and gentle.They give me special treatment and they deliver excellent job..what else can I say is well done and a full star of appreciation for the job.Thank you very much
Francesco MesoracaFrancesco Mesoraca
04:09 24 May 24
Just completed my clearcorrect treatment and after 12 months with Dr Marwa the results are fantastic.
09:24 04 May 24
I express my deep gratitude to the entire team of the Ferry Dental Centre I would like to express my gratitude to absolutely every employee. Thank you all so much for your attention, kindness, and high professionalism!!! Especially Dr. Yuri! I recommend to all.
11:47 02 May 24
Ferry Dental Centre is an exceptional place for all your dental needs. Dr. Juri stands out as a highly skilled and professional dentist who truly cares about his patients. The staff at Ferry Dental Centre are welcoming, and the office has a warm and friendly atmosphere that puts patients at ease.Dr. Juri's expertise and gentle approach make dental visits comfortable and stress-free. I highly recommend Ferry Dental Centre for top-notch dental care.
Zoe JacksonZoe Jackson
20:03 14 Apr 24
I have had a fantastic experience with Ferry Dental.I approached them as an anxious patient (having not been to the dentist for nearly a decade) and the staff were so friendly and calming. Despite having a big cry before my first appointment my consultation was fantastic and I left feeling much more comfortable with the prospect of going to the dentist.Since then I’ve had many appointments with Marwa (orthodontist) and the hygienist and no longer dread or cry before appointments. Marwa in particular is so kind and friendly and always checks in with me throughout appointments to make sure I’m calm and happy.All the staff have been so friendly and know who I am and have been fully informed of my anxiety. It’s been very relieving to go from appointment to appointment and each practitioner knows exactly who I am, what I’ve had done, and really look after me as an individual.Also a massive shout out to the reception team (particularly Anna) who are always so so friendly and greet me by name and know who I am.I highly recommend this dentist - particularly those who hate going to the dentist and/or suffer from anxiety. A massive thank you to Ferry Dental for helping me get over my fear of the dentist ❤️
Adrian NeagoieAdrian Neagoie
15:49 22 Jan 24
I had a great experience at Ferry Dental Centre. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the facility was clean and modern. Dr Denis took the time to explain everything to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. I will definitely be recommending Ferry Dental Centre to my friends and family.