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11A The Waterfront

Bridge Street, Galway, H91 D5K2

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Mon – Thu 8am – 5pm, Friday 8am – 4pm
Sat 8:30am – 1pm (by appointment only)

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Advice for the nervous patients?

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We in Galway Dental Clinic understand if you are anxious about coming to see the dentist and will
do everything to help ease your fears and make your visit a very comfortable and relaxing one.

Our advice would be:

  • Tell your dentist that you are anxious and explain your fears so as they know beforehand.
  • We find an appointment in the morning usually works better for a nervous patient as it gives you less time to think about it before coming in.
  • We would advise for the first appointment an examination is the only treatment done. It gives you time to get to know the dentist and familiarise yourself with the dental surgery.
  • You could bring a friend or family member with you for support.
  • To help you feel more in control, a sign or signal can be discussed with you and the dentist, if you need a break or wish to stop you can use it.
  • To start off with you could have a clean and polish and then build up to fillings or larger
    treatments if required once you have built trust and a rapport with your dentist.
  • You can have a numbing gel applied to the area before any anaesthetic is required.
  • We find if the patient listens to music this can also help relax any nervous patients.
  • We at Galway Dental Clinic continuously aim to make every patient journey with us a comfortable, smooth and relaxing one from the moment they enter and check in with reception to when they leave after treatment. We pride ourselves on educating and motivating our patients to better oral health which as a result reassures them we have their best interests at heart.