Dentists in Anstey, Leicester 33 The Nook, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AZ

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Nervous Patients Leicester

Nervous Patients Leicester

If you have a fear of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a recognised issue for many people, and one that we’re well used to coming across at 33 Dental Practice.

We understand that some people feel that they do not like visiting the dentist. Whether this is due to bad experiences in the past, a fear of needles or a genuine phobia of dental treatment, we are here to help nervous patients.

For many people, a fear of the dentist can stem from a negative or painful experience as a child and this could have been many years ago. The memories of children can be quite vivid and difficult to shift so it is no surprise that such fears are often carried over into adult life.

What it is important to remember, however, is that times have changed and as dentistry moves on the patient experience can become more comfortable. Did you know, for example, that the ‘dreaded drill’ is now a lot quieter than it was 20 years ago? Or that numbing gels can be used before most injections?

Dental professionals and now more thoroughly and specifically trained to help nervous patients to feel more at ease. We are passionate about our patients’ experience being as pleasant and pain-free as possible. Biased as it may sound, we believe that our staff are lovely, and plenty of our patients agree. The warm and friendly atmosphere that we offer is the first step to a stress-free visit. We will explain your treatment with as much detail as will help you feel at ease so that you may feel prepared.

Dental Sedation

You may find treatment easier if you have some form of sedation. Dental sedation doesn’t put you to sleep like a general anaesthetic but instead, puts you into a deeply relaxed state. So you are still conscious and able to talk with your dentist. The most common forms of sedation are:

  1. Intravenous (IV) sedation, where a sedative is injected into your vein.
  2. Oral sedation, in which you breathe in a sedative gas through a mask that your dentist places over your nose and mouth.

If you feel sedation may help you, please speak with a member of our reception team or your dentist. We will be able to arrange a consultation to assess your suitability for sedation.

We have a number of options alongside sedation, to help you overcome your dental fear including:

  • Pain-free injections
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Making sure that teeth are completely free of feeling before starting treatment
  • Desensitisation to the noise of the drill (behaviour modification)
  • Techniques for distraction, such as bringing your own music or e-books
  • Strategies to help with the negative conversations you have with yourself that can cause anxiety to worsen
  • A tour of the practice before you commit to treatment, to put you at ease and meet the team

All of our dentists are experienced in treating nervous patients. We’ll make sure that from the moment you arrive at the practice, we’ll provide the help you need to make your visit as easy-going and stress-free as possible.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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