Following 1 bad experience of dental treatment with an NHS dentist when I was 14 years oId I developed my fear of going to the dentist.The older I got the worse it got until I was terrified and would not visit a dentist.
I was advised to visit Emma after seeking advice from a private dentist who saw how severe my fear was, and so I met Emma O'Hara.
Emma has seen me through from October 2015 being a petrified 22 year old, shaking sweating and frightened who went to her saying - just put me to sleep and take them all out I can't face the treatment, to someone who now has total confidence in her dentist - namely Emma.
She has worked with me giving me her time and working out alternative plans for my teeth, no way would she take out all my teeth, she could save them. I was scared.
Emma did not preach at me and was not patronising in any way, she gave me her time and advice and did not judge me, I was embarrassed by the state of my teeth.
Emma has seen me really scared and did not make me feel inadequate with my fear.
She listened to me,was always calm and I know I was difficcult with my fear, I was tense. She suggested a couple of dental plans I could take away and go over in my own time and decide which one I felt I could achieve.It took me about three weeks for me to come to terms with my fear before I could decide a dental plan she had worked out for me, this was a huge step for me but it was a plan in which said she could save my teeth, yes I would have a few out but she could sedate me and I would remember nothing. I decided suddenly I must do it, this was my chance to have nice teeth. I chose my plan and went back and saw Emma, she was pleased with my choice, as she wanted to save my teeth for me. I made my appointments and started the treatment.
I have now just completed the treatment plan,I had a number of appointments - my teeth are amazing. Yes I have had some teeth out, and some reconstruction done on others and with Emma's help I have done it....I am proud of getting to where I am now and can honestly say the thought of going to the dentist no longer fills me with dread or makes me tremble, shake or sweat. I know if I had a tooth problem I can phone Emma and yes it would be ok now, she knows my pain threshold and I have 100 per cent trust in what she says and if she says I can be sedated for the treatment and will feel and remember nothing, she is telling me the truth.If like me you are terrified and cannot make the first move to make an appointment then I say do it, take that first step and see her, you will not regret it, I haven't regretted it and am no longer terrified. she is caring, patient, I don't know how she does it but she takes the fear away and you just trust her. Emmas' dental nurse is lovely and puts you at ease also, in fact the whole team at Friern Dental practice are so friendly.
Please don't live in fear of the dentist anymore, visit Emma, if I can do it then you can, take that first step. I am proud of myself and you could be to, and I remember nothing of my treatment as I was sedated. I can smile now and feel more confident and I am so proud of myself for getting through the past 5 months with Emma and Louis's help, thank you so much. :-) Becky x