We offer stress-free and comfortable dentistry

Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. It might be the fear of pain, sounds or smells or previous bad memories. If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you will find the experience more bearable nowadays.

At Elstead Dental Surgery, we aim to make your visit as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Our dentists and support staff are specially trained to make your visit a better experience. You are not on your own feeling anxious about dentistry – even dentists can be anxious about treatment! You can read here more about one of  our dentists receiving treatment.

There are different levels of dental anxiety, ranging from slight nervousness to phobia. However anxious a person is, there are ways of dealing with the problem, one step at a time. It is sometimes helpful to distract attention away from the treatment.

You can do this in a number of ways:

  • • Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.
  • • Take a friend with you to your appointment – they can stay during the check-up and treatment if you want.

  • • If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and rapport with your dentist.

During the appointment:

  • • Take a personal stereo with you to listen to music during your visit.
  • • Concentrate on relaxing each part of your body in turn.
  • • Practise deep, slow breathing.
  • • Agree a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as raising your hand, and will help you feel more in control.
  • • Think about something you are looking forward to – picture yourself perhaps on a sunny beach!

At Elstead Dental Surgery we take the time to understand your fears and work with you to overcome them. Most patients find that these tips, along with our caring and sympathetic approach, will be enough to allow treatment to be completed; However, if you are extremely nervous at Elstead Dental Surgery we offer intravenous sedation during treatment.

Here to Help in the Event of Emergency

Same day appointments during surgery hours

Out of Hours Service is available for all our registered patients

Please contact the surgery on 01252 702477 if you have dental emergency. Click here for full contact details.

Children Are Special

Our aim is for your child to grow up with happy dental experiences

We take a Preventative Approach

Examinations are FREE for children under the age of 16 if one parent is a regular attender. Click here for details.


Cosmetic Tooth Alignment

What is CFast?

Fast & gentle cosmetic orthodontic treatment to straighten your adult teeth & significantly improve the appearance of your teeth. Click here for details.