Dental Phobias

People with dental phobias often put off routine care for years or even decades. To avoid it, they’ll put up with gum infections (periodontal disease), pain, or even broken and unsightly teeth. Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common.

One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear.

Our Surgery

Our modern dental surgeries are friendly environments. We have a pleasant reception area which provides comfortable seating, a television, magazines and drink facilities. Our professional and polite staff are ready to welcome you.

Our Dental Team

We are particularly well known for treating anxious patients. Our caring, highly qualified dental team is always there to listen and counsel patients throughout the dental process.

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

It is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result.

Principal Dentist Barry Rimmer has completed a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and became a member of The British Society of Medical & Dental Hypnosis and The British Society of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. So you are in good hands!


As well as using hypnosis as a way to reduce dental anxiety, our principal dentist Barry Rimmer has an interest in another form of anxiety control – conscious sedation. Barry received a Postgraduate Diploma in Sedation and Pain Management and has regularly attended SAAD courses (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry).

There are a number of choices available which can be used on their own or in conjunction with local anaesthetic. The more commonly used techniques are oral sedation, inhalation sedation and intravenous sedation (injection in your arm or hand). View our page on sedation for more information.

Caring Sedation Techniques

Advances in technology have also improved dentistry. Equipment we use is kinder, quieter and can help treatment to be completely painless.

The dental wand is a computerised injection system that looks like a pen and delivers the anaesthetic very slowly therefore making it painless. This is great for anyone with a needle phobia. There is also Quicksleeper – virtually pain free local anaesthetic with reduced numbness and chair time.

A numbing gel can also be used to numb your gums before an injection so you don’t feel the needle.

View our page on anaesthetics for more information.

fc lozenge2