Tips for patients who have a fear or phobia of visiting the dentist

At Bupa Dental Care, we know that good oral hygiene contributes to better overall health and wellbeing, which is why it’s important to prioritise regular dental check-ups.

Nearly half (44%) of the UK population fear the dentist and three quarters (76%) admit to putting off going to the dentist entirely*.

Here are some tips to help you overcome your worries of visiting the dentist, provide reassurance, and empower you to feel more in control and at ease before, during, and after your appointment.

Support for nervous patients

We have plenty of guidance and support for nervous patients, including mindfulness techniques and advice on sedation.

Visit our dental anxiety hub for more information.

*Research conducted by Censuswide among 2,000 adults in the UK. The data was collected between 15th May 2024 and 18th May 2024.

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