Phil Martin – Patient of Dr Munther Sulieman (Merton Dental Centre)

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What was the reason for your dental phobia?

My main fear of the dentist stems from when I was younger  my dad was diagnosed and subsequently died of leukaemia which he had battled for over two years during which time he  was subjected to many needles, it is this association that has left me with a fear of needles and not so much the dentist himself.

What made you decide to take the first step in contacting a dentist despite your phobia?

I had tried to make  contact with several dentist’s with regards to my phobia over several years, and most refused to treat me without using needles and were generally uninterested, however due to the deteriorating state of my teeth and knowing that I needed several fillings I searched further afield on the internet and now travel across London to Merton Dental.

What made you choose the practice/clinic you did?

I chose my current dental practice (Merton Dental) based on the fact that they offered laser dentistry not knowing the full extent of damage to my teeth and in the hope that they would be able to use laser dentistry in my dental care instead of the more conventional needle to numb the gum and then drill out the tooth.

Describe your dental experience

My dental care has been excellent at Merton Dental from the friendliness of the staff to the high level of equipment and cleanliness. My initial consultation was very good and all issues and options were discussed. The pace of the work has been tailored for my need and has supported me in receiving treatment without a fear of attending the dentist. I currently no longer have any  anxieties over visiting the dentist.

How did you manage to overcome your dental phobia?

I managed to overcome my fear due to the fact that I know that Dr Sulieman has a good understanding of the root cause of my fear of visiting the dentist and actively takes steps to put my mind at rest and tailor my dental treatment to my need’s.

How do you currently feel about your dental phobia?

I feel very positive about my dentist and know that my teeth and dental hygiene is in good hands.

Any other comments or words of advice to people out there who are suffering from dental phobia and are avoiding the dentist?

Having been to many dentists I would have no problems in recommending Merton Dental and Dr Sulieman to anybody that has a fear of dentists or even just parts of the dental treatment (I.E Needles) and take this opportunity to thank him for his  his help in overcoming my dental phobia.  I hope that if there is a need for needles to be used in the future with my regained confidence and the support of the staff this could be achieved.

Merton Dental Centre – 134 Kingston Road, Merton Park, London, SW19 1LY, Web: www.laser-dentistry.co.uk, Tel: 020 8544 1122

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