Nervous & Anxious Patients

Being nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist is a common condition that affects a large proportion of people.

Some patients are so fearful or anxious about visiting the dentist that their oral health suffers as a result.

We can help!

At Hoburne Dental Practice we have years of experience dealing with fearful and nervous patients and we will to try and make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

Our practice is an accredited Dental Phobia practice, the only accredited practice in Dorset.

How we help you

On your first visit to the practice we take a full record of your dental history, which will give us much information regarding your dental concerns.

If you are very nervous and want to take things more slowly, we have found that for some people it has been helpful just to sit in the waiting room to get a feel for the practice before taking things any further, please ask us if you would like to do this.

On your first visit we will discuss with you why you feel so anxious about visiting the dentist. Should you wish, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our Dental Phobia and Anxious Patient Coordinators. They will be happy to discuss your concerns in greater depth at a separate appointment in the consultation room. We have a huge amount of experience in helping phobic patients overcome their dental fears by sampling discussing the treatment and helping patients overcome their fears by using various coping strategies. There is no charge for this service.

By talking about your concerns and worries it is possible to make your future visits more pleasant. Your well-being is important to us and we will be able to work alongside you to overcome your fears. For some people sedation may be necessary and we will discuss this with you if required.

We have transformed the oral health of dozens of patients who have been unable to see a dentist, all of them will admit that they are now much more comfortable coming to the dentist than they were prior to their first visit to see us. Some have even said that coming to the dentist no longer bothers them now that they have trust in the service we provide.

Nervous & Anxious Patient Accreditation

This accreditation is gained annually by demonstrating the highest levels of care to nervous patients.

For patients who are very anxious we are able to offer sedation.  Sedation can be used to put you in a relaxed, dream-like state of mind and is only carried out by a fully qualified, General Medical Council registered Anaesthetist.

DentalPhobia Certified

Matthew Leadbitter is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist Click Here to verify.


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If you have an enquiry or wish to make an appointment please use the contact form to the left and one of our team will contact you to arrange an appointment or to answer your query.

Alternatively you can always call the practice on 01425 277245

All patients requiring emergency advice out of hours should call the practice number (01425 277 245).

There will be an answer phone message detailing the telephone number of our local on call service which is provided by dentists from Christchurch, Bournemouth & Poole areas.