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Dental anxiety for adults

Dental anxiety often prevents people from seeking regular dental care. Anxiety management can help reduce that fear.

You should make your dentist aware that you are anxious. Low levels of anxiety can be managed by building a rapport with a dentist. It may be appropriate to use methods such as ‘stop’ signals which can be used if the patient would like a break. Listening to music can help to provide a distraction and relaxation techniques may also help. Your routine regular dentist will be able to provide advice and support.

Patients with high levels of anxiety may be referred to our service by their regular dentist. Upon referral, a patient’s anxiety levels will be assessed by means of a questionnaire. If accepted for care, this will be discussed with patients at their first appointment and treatment will be planned to reduce anxiety levels and build confidence to accept treatment in the future. We understand that patients may take several appointments to overcome their fears and can take the time needed to complete treatment.

Treatment for anxiety at the dentist

In most cases, patients will be offered one course of treatment with our service. Once the treatment is complete, patients will be discharged back to their referring, routine regular dentist for continuing care.

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

When to use this service...

  • Do you experience extreme dental anxiety?
  • Have acclimatisation and relaxation techniques been unsuccessful?
  • Have you been unable to accept treatment with your regular dentist?

You may be eligible to be treated by our service. We accept referrals from general dental practitioners and other healthcare professionals for patients who meet our strict acceptance criteria. Ask about being referred to us for your dental treatment.

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How to find us

Gloucestershire Community Dental Service have seven specialist sites across the county. For details and clinic opening times use the searchable map opposite or click 'Find our clinics'.

 

 

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Information for professionals

If you are a general dental practitioner or healthcare professional, you can find out more about our criteria for referring patients in the section below.

 

Information for professionals

 

 

 

 

The role of the Community Dental Service has developed over the last few years and we are commissioned to provide special care dentistry for adults and children in Gloucestershire. We have a central system for all referrals, which are triaged by a senior clinician prior to being accepted onto the waiting list. Patients are then offered an appointment at a clinic that has appropriate facilities for their particular needs.

The Service is led by a specialist in special care dentistry, but patients will be booked with a dentist appropriate to their needs as identified within the referral. Patients should be informed they are being referred to the special care dental service.

 

 

 

 

Referral information

 

 

 

Referral criteria for patients varies per service.

You can request access for your patients using our online referral forms.

Information for both can be seen on our referral page.

 

 

 

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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