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Dental phobias; how our dentist can help


At Buttercup 7 Day Dental, we know that a trip to the dental surgery can feel overwhelming for some patients.

And, rather than ignore this fact, as part of our continued effort to help everyone get healthy teeth, gums and a smile they can be proud of, our Glasgow dentist West End has taken the time, training and holistic approach to ensure that those who have a dental phobia are at ease with our team.

Because at Buttercup 7 Day Dental, our Glasgow dentist West End is proud to be able to offer our anxious and nervous patients a myriad of treatment options to help them to relax; everything from talking to sedation. Brilliant!

But in this short article, our Glasgow dentist West End will be looking at the reasons why people develop dental phobias. We will also explore the options we can provide in a bit more depth, helping you to feel comfortable talking about them to our team.

Why do people develop dental phobias?

There is a wealth of research that has explored why the fear of dental surgeries, procedures and practitioners is so common.

In most cases, it stems from a bad experience with a dental team in childhood, where someone  may have been judgemental, condescending or just been plain scary! Alternatively, you may have had a particularly uncomfortable experience with a dental team (physically or emotionally) and are worried that it will recur the next time you attend a check-up.

We will work with you to identify the source of your phobias and fears and will help you to overcome them, with you taking charge and setting the pace of each appointment.

Our surgery and approach

At Buttercup 7 Day Dental, when you walk into our surgery, it is not sterile, or white and there is not the hum of fluorescent lights that can be intimidating to those with phobias.

Our waiting room resembles a coffee shop and, while you are waiting for your appointment, our team can even provide you with beverages, along with free Wi-fi!

We aim to be as compassionate and friendly as possible, and will actively listen to your fears while you are with us, helping you to feel more in control and positive about the whole experience. You can even meet our team before you have your check-up, to build a rapport and see us as people, rather than scary healthcare professionals with shiny instruments.


If you need a bit more help and don’t like the sounds of a dental surgery (such as the drill), we will happily allow you to bring in a headset or phone so you can listen to your favourite music, podcast or guided meditation.


We are also able to offer more intensive options for those who need them, such as inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) and intravenous sedation.

With the latter, you will need to have someone like a family member or friend escort you home afterwards and keep an eye on you. You should also refrain from operating heavy machinery for a minimum of 24 hours after intravenous sedation.

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