How Can I Find a Dentist Who Won’t Judge Me?
30th June 2016

Hi there, I am 20 years old and have a bad phobia and anxiety about visiting the dentist. The last time I went to the dentist was years ago as I would always refuse as a child due to being scared. My teeth are in a bad way and I am so ashamed. It has completely knocked my confidence and I only have myself to blame for this! My front teeth aren't so bad, although I hate the appearance of them and they will probably still need some work. However my back teeth are pretty bad, have lost one tooth completely and two others are broken. Others will require work too. The thought of going to see a dentist or telling any close friends or family about my teeth makes me feel terribly sick, scared and very embarrassed. I live in South East London and am looking for some advice on how to find a dentist who won't judge or petrify me! And how do I overcome this fear? I want to like my smile and be able to laugh without worrying what my teeth look like. Thanks.

A. I'm so sorry you find yourself in this way. I think the first step might be to have a look at a website called dentalfearcentral.org.uk. There you can share your fears with others in the same position.You are not alone - there are hundreds/thousands of folk out there who feel the same, but don't talk about it with others. You need to have an idea whether you will need to find an NHS dentist or a private one depending on your financial circumstances. Perhaps look for a dentist who carries out intravenous sedation, or could refer you to a clinic that does. Having the first consultation does not commit you to anything, but will give you the knowledge to make the next step. But not doing anything means that nothing can change. Embarrassment is an inner state and will be uncomfortable to overcome, but it can be overcome. Hope this helps, Jenny.

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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