What was the reason for your dental phobia?
My dental phobia was built over a number of years and different dentists, from childhood I had pain from a brace to too many teeth in my mouth! with some form of treatment from which I only remember the pain. Over the last
few years I have also developed a fear of needles as well so it became easier to live with the toothache than to do something about it.
What made you decide to take the first step in contacting a dentist despite your phobia?
I decided to make a complete change in that, I had gone to dentists if I had some much pain I couldn’t stand it, to trying to find a dentist with a long term vision for me and I felt comfortable with.
What made you choose the dentist / clinic that you did?
I looked for a dentist with experience of dealing with nervous patients and Yasmin’s clinic ticked all of my boxes.
Describe your dental experience
My experience with the Courtyard Clinic has been one of care, excellent customer focus, professionalism and empowerment. Yasmin and her team, Sue and Alison, answered all of my questions and picked up my body language when I became uncomfortable at any point of my treatment. My anxiety has very much been conquered and my fear of needles has also faded.
How did you manage to overcome your dental phobia?
Firstly I had to acknowledge that I had a problem, then look for the right help and be guided by Yasmin and her team if I had any ongoing concerns or worries.
How do you currently feel about your dental phobia?
I feel that I now have a very good team of professionals that I know will look after me and continue to always listen.
Any other comments or words of advice to people out there who are suffering from dental phobia and are avoiding the dentist?
I think, to this question, everybody is different and their fears are made from different experiences, I have gone from a large amount of remedial fixing under sedation to a level of comfort to take the next steps without sedation in just 4 months. I would highly recommend Yasmin as, not only one of the nicest individuals I have ever met, but also one of the most professional and knowledgeable dentist I feel I could have to look after me.