A shocking 93% of people in the UK are scared of going to the dentist, with men worse worriers than women.
That’s according to a new survey of more than 1,500 dental patients carried out by the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide – a website that offers guidance and advice for anyone considering dental treatment.
Help is at hand for petrified patients at www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk which has a panel of experts available online.
Dr Kalpesh Bohara, one of the experts, has a 100% record of successfully treating patients with dental anxiety.
‘Everyone knows that some people are scared of visiting the dentist but I don’t think anyone realises the true extent of the problem,’ says Dr Bohara.
‘I would say it is the main cause of dental problems in the UK today.’
Another leading dentist, Dr Kailesh Solanki, also featured on the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide advisory panel, says scared patients are hiding behind excuses to avoid sorting out their smiles.
‘People like to blame a lack of NHS dentists or high private costs for their avoidance of dental care rather than admit that they are simply too scared,’ says Dr Solanki.
The survey, of 1,586 patients at Dr Solanki’s Kissdental clinic, also showed that men are more scared than women, and less likely to confront their fears.
‘Men are definitely more scared,’ says Dr Solanki. “The difference is that women might be worried too but take more pride in their appearance and are willing to accept the ‘pain’ for the gain.’
‘But people have nothing to fear. A trip to the dentist can be like a relaxing spa treatment. We have chill-out lounges, massages, DVD glasses, even a champagne bar. What’s there to be scared of?”