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Research shows that one in ten prefer tarantulas to dentists!

April 12, 2016

As reported in the February edition of Dentistry magazine, more than one in ten adults in the UK (12%) would rather hold a tarantula than sit in a dentist chair!

The survey also found that a third (33%) of those who have ever visited a dentist felt scared before their dental appointment. The top three causes of this dental phobia were reported as:


1. The possibility of having a dental procedure, with 31% of those surveyed admitting this is what they were afraid of when visiting

2. Needles and injections were reported as the second most off-putting reason by 30%

3. Bad childhood memories of the dentist chair or not liking having medical treatments in their mouth was the joint third most off-putting reason, with just over one in five (22%) of those surveyed admitting past experience has scared them about visiting the dentist.

Interestingly, 38% of the 25–34-year-olds surveyed admitted to being scared of potentially having a procedure performed – making it the most fearful age group when it comes to having work done.

If you have a dental phobia, rest assured that the experienced dentists at Elmsleigh House can help you access the dental care you need with a range of sedation options and a friendly environment!

Click here to download our FREE guide to our range of sedation options if you are nervous about dental treatment.

Click here to listen to our patient Miss C describe her experience of sedation at Elmsleigh House.

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