Many people feel nervous or afraid of visiting the dentist, but there are things you can try to help overcome your fear. Most importantly find a dentist who understands and can take things at your pace.

Here at Green Room Dentistry we aim to do just that. Our dentists have a gift for helping those who are nervous about dental treatment, they can turn anxiety and fear into confidence and laughter.

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What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is fear, anxiety or stress associated with visiting the dentist or receiving dental treatment. Being scared to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment which is detrimental to your dental and general health. There are many triggers for those who are anxious about dental visits including things like needles, drills or the dental setting in general.

What is the difference between dental anxiety and dental phobia?

Dental anxiety ranges from mild uneasiness (experienced by many of us), to acute anxiety and even panic attacks.

Dental phobia is when a person will not visit the dentist despite needing treatment or being in pain.

How Green Room Dentistry treats those with dental anxiety or phobia

At Green Room Dentistry we have a welcoming and friendly team to support you with your dental visits and treatment. The setting and the practice are tranquil, spacious and calming. We understand how difficult it can be to make that first call and book an appointment to visit us. It is a huge step and we appreciate you trusting us to take that step with you. Please let us know how you feel and what your fears are so we can support you.

At your initial dental health assessment there are no surprises! We like to think of this as a chance to get to know each other.

All treatment is taken at your pace whilst explaining everything to you every step of the way. We know some of you prefer not to know, so if this is a better solution for you, we can adapt accordingly.


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Louise Dean
Amazing!!! I have a terrible phobia of the dentist, but Sally and Kim are great! I'm work in progress with Sally at the moment and just after one side being completed today, I am ecstatic with the result and cannot wait for it all to be done; it will give me so much more confidence, as I have put off having work done due to my fear! Thank you so much!
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Jacky Taylor
I have attended Green Room Dentistry for many years and because l have always been delighted with the professional care given to me over that time my family are also committed customers. I cannot say that on any occasion l have attended that l have not received the most kind and professional care and attention from any member of staff working in that practice they all excel in delivery. Obviously l must mention Richard who has provided me with exceptional attention on every occasion throughout the 20 years l have needed dental care (and believe me not always simple care) Richard is a superb Dentist and a superb human being.
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Andy Tegg
I actually look forward to going to the dentist!!!
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Lucas Snell
Fantastic as ever, great team, highly recommended
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Christine Perry
Last Yr I recently moved to Cornwall, I registered with Green room. They have been fab, when I have needed emergency appointments due to pain they have seen me that day. I have hygienist their, who I am happy with. Having some bridge work done soon, they have been honest and clear on costing. I do a monthly plan, which covers hygienist and check up. I can recommend this dentist.
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Miriam Briden
Always five stars , great service , great staff , lovely surroundings and a walk on the beach after . Would never go anywhere else . 😊
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Jane Powell
The staff at the Green Room were absolutely amazing today. I’d been awake all night in agony . I called at 8.45am and was given an appointment for 9.20am! The care I received was amazing. Constantly being reassured and encouraged throughout the extraction of my wisdom tooth. The whole process was completely pain free. A big thank you to all the staff. I’m in the area on holiday so not a regular patient.
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Solutions for Dental Anxiety

Over the years we have found the best way to help you regain your confidence is how we plan and carry out your treatment:

  • If you are in pain we look for the shortest and simplest way to get you comfortable.
  • We then work through the plan with preventive measures first so you have the knowledge to care for your mouth and teeth and limit further issues.
  • As your confidence grows we can tackle more complex procedures.
  • We are masterful at giving injections to make your treatment painless. A numbing gel is rubbed in first and this really helps.
  • You are always in control. If you need a break, want to sit up, get a glass of water or use the bathroom you can. Our nursing team are highly attentive and your wellbeing is paramount.
  • If all of the above is not enough we can prescribe sedation. You take a sedative, usually Temazepam, the night before and again an hour before your appointment. This works wonders and has allowed many of our patients to have treatment they desperately wanted but simply could face.
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Our top tips to help you achieve a healthy smile:

Book a consultation

Book a complimentary consultation with one of our treatment coordinators to meet us and have a look around.

Choose an early appointment

Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.

Bring a friend

Bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment if this makes you more comfortable.

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Making things easier when you come for treatment:

  • Green Room Dentistry is easy to find with ample on-site parking and level access.
  • You can bring in headphones to listen to music during your visit as it may help you to relax.
  • Prior to any injections we always use a numbing gel and our local anaesthetics are highly effective.
  • We will ask you to raise your hand or simply tell us if you need a break or want us to stop. We find that this helps you to feel more in control.

Anything else we can help you with?

Arrange a consultation and together we’ll find what’s right for you and your dental health.

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