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Written by Will Murphy, 7th June, 2016

Going to the dentist is an extremely common fear for many people. In fact, one in every seven adults who have visited a dentist suffer from extreme dental anxiety, which often leads to nervousness about going back. Unfortunately, without making regular visits to your dentist, you are at a much higher risk of cavities, gum disease and tooth loss later in life.

If you are someone who suffers from a dental phobia, then Iím here to reassure you that dentists really arenít that bad! My job is to simply keep my clientsí teeth healthy and ensure that they have a smile they are happy with. So before you push back your next dental appointment, take a quick look at this blog to see why going to the dentist really isnít as bad as you think it is.

Dentists try to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

We understand how nerve-racking a visit to the dentists can be. Thatís why a lot of dental practices will try to make the surgery as comfortable as possible for the patient, to allow their clientsí not only feel more at home, but also more at ease. At Will Murphy Dentistry, we not only have friendly staff to welcome in all of our patients with a smile, but we also have a relaxing, air-conditioned lounge with magazines and televisions mounted onto the wall to provide our patients with a calming, stress-free environment.

Dentists have seen it all before.

Many people are afraid of going to the dentist because they are embarrassed about their teeth or lack of oral hygiene. Itís important to remember however, that dentists have seen it all before - and they have probably dealt with a lot worse than you are worrying about. As dentists, we arenít here to judge your teeth, but instead to offer a solution. We have a number of treatments that can solve yellowing, cavities, crooked or misshapen teeth and even tooth loss. All you need to do is come in for a chat to see how we can help.

We can make your procedures pain-free.

Probably the biggest reason why people do not want to go to the dentist, is because they are afraid of invasive equipment, such as dental drills, and also of feeling pain. If this is something that sounds familiar to you, rather than turning down your procedure, simply have a chat with your dentist about what sedation methods are available. At Will Murphy Dentistry, we offer sedation to anxious patients before dental implant procedures. We simply give a small injection that will make you sleepy, relaxed, and ensure that you do not feel any pain.

Dental equipment is much more advanced now.

Dental equipment is always improving. The constant advancements in technology mean that the equipment that dentists now use are not just better quality, but they are also more efficient in making procedures quicker, safer and of a higher standard. Will Murphy Dentistry now have access to the latest 3D scanners, which helps to improve the safety of a procedure.

You can choose the right dentist for you.

Itís important that your dentist understands your reservations, so that they can help to make you feel at ease. Simply talking to them about what you are scared of could help to restore your confidence by allowing them to reassure you. Try looking through testimonial pages on a few dental websites, so that you can evaluate what kind of practice they are before getting in contact with them. At Will Murphy Dentistry, we pride ourselves on having a professional and friendly approach; a reputation that a lot of our patients support in the testimonials that are on our website.

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Dr Will Murphy

BDS MFGDP(UK),
DipImpDent RCS (Eng)

Will Murphy graduated
from The University of
Birmingham in 1991
and has practiced...