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      Fraser J Hendrie and John Booth
      The Craigentinny Dental Practice
      57 Duddingston Crescent
      Edinburgh
      Ph: 0131 669 2114

      Fraser Hendrie and John Booth of Craigentinny Dental Practice have been repeatedly recommended on this forum and privately to Dental Fear Central as being excellent with nervous patients.

      You can state a preference for either of them when making an appointment. You can find their piccies on their website: http://craigentinny.co.uk/

      The website also has a section for nervous patients:

      http://www.craigentinny.co.uk/anxious.htm
      and here:
      http://www.dentalfearedinburgh.co.uk/

      They don't offer IV sedation but can arrange referrals if necessary (see here for more info: http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/for...IV-sedation%29 ).
      Last edited by letsconnect; 20th July 2012 at 13:09.

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      i joined the Craigentinny Practice in nov 08, having never seen a dentist for about 6 years - my fear started after problematic wisdom teeth extraction. On the recommendation of a colleague I made an appt and i was assigned to Fraser Hendrie. I have seen him 3 times since nov and he is excellent. Supportive, understanding and patient without being patronising. And all treatment is done with you in the driving seat - you control the pace. His dental nurses and the hygienist (Jill) are also superb and you never feel rushed or made to feel like a nuisance, nor are you judged by the state of your teeth. Injections are pain free and administered in such a way that you have complete confidence that you are sufficiently numbed. It really is a completely different level of care. He talks to you throughout the treatment , lets you know what he is doing and how long its going to take and before you know it your done and he is asking you to sit up.(he also gives you a few minutes after treatment to get yourself together) I had a couple of small fillings in my front teeth a couple of weeks ago and it was done with the least intrusion, he works deftly away in your mouth, he knows when you need to have a wee break to swallow and take a breather. I suffer from anxiety and on my first appt he spent a good half hour with me getting to know what could trigger an attack, and if i began to panic during treatment he agreed a course of action that i was happy with. I dont need a lot of work done thankfully, just a couple of fillings, some hygienist attention and a splint made to prevent further grinding. I will never be happy in the dentists chair and i struggle to relax but with each visit i feel i am moving forward and conquering my fears. As has been said a million times, its all about finding the right dentist and i would strongly recommend Fraser Hendrie and this practice to anybody in the edinburgh area.

      Also, almost forgot, on my first visit they check your blood pressure, discuss your general health, allergies etc. You get screened for oral cancer and he checks your neck and jaw structure - as i said earlier its just a completely different level of care.

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      I am looking to see this man trying to find the courage to make an appointment are you still happy with your treatment I have to been to a dentist in over 30 years

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      Quote Originally Posted by iffy View Post
      I am looking to see this man trying to find the courage to make an appointment are you still happy with your treatment I have to been to a dentist in over 30 years
      Maybe you could try his free online course first see this thread http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/for...ead.php?t=7773

      Might help reassure you and make you feel better about taking the plunge.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless

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      Quote Originally Posted by iffy View Post
      I am looking to see this man trying to find the courage to make an appointment are you still happy with your treatment I have to been to a dentist in over 30 years
      I too, am a patient at this practice and I coudn't recommend them enough. Like many people I was terrified of the dentist, but 2 years after registering I am still a patient and attend for my check-ups as required. I am still a little nervous of getting work done but at least now I do attend regularly; for years I would only attend the dentist when in pain and then not return until I was in pain again.

      As far as I can remember nothing is done in your first appointment, the dental nurse and dentist have a wee chat with you and ask if they can have a look in your mouth. I always felt fully in control of the situation. The first time I needed work done, (root canal), I was offered a prescription for a sedative to take the night before and on the day of my appointment which helped immensely.

      Everyone throughout the practice treats you with respect and compassion and nothing seems to be too much trouble.

      I sound like a bit of an advertisment , but I know how it feels to be terrified and the constant worry of how bad your teeth are getting the longer you don't visit, so hopefully this might help you.

      I am registered with John Booth but have seen Fraser Hendrie for an emergency appointment, and both are nice and not very scary at all.

      Good Luck and hope this helps.
      Last edited by Jambo_Karen; 27th June 2009 at 19:04. Reason: Noticed the website link was already there!

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      hi, just wanted to add again to this post and agree with what jambo karen says - this practice really is fantastic. Honestly, from the minute you walk through the door you are in safe hands and to repeat what i said in my earlier post in this thread, the level of care is second to none. My treatment so far has been with Fraser Hendrie as i said before, and he immediately puts you at ease, and has total empathy and understanding with patients who are nervous and need to build up trust with a dentist. You, as the patient,control the pace at which treatment is decided. You are given a treatment plan so you know exactly what needs done and in what priority. You can also sign up to their dental plan which means that you can budget for the cost so there are no hidden surprises financially. The staff on reception are so efficient and friendly, always greet you and welcome you by your first name and make you feel very welcome, there is a real "feel good" atmosphere to the place...fresh, quiet and relaxed waiting area and when the dentist is ready to see you , his assistant comes into the waiting area and accompanies you through to the treatment room, and before you know it, you are in the chair and the issue taken care of. All that aside, what i respect about this practice is that they have the patients best interests at heart and they will work at a pace you are comfortable with - they dont clock watch or try to rush your appointment -i dont know how they do it, but i wish they would bottle their "chairside" manner so to speak and roll it out as standard to all dentist practices . Craigentinny dont just "claim" to help nervous patients.........they really do invest in this policy and i am evidence of that as until i registered with this practice i had never kept to a dentist appt after having traumatic wisdom teeth extracted by a nhs dentist several years ago.

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      hi every1 would just like to add iv just started the 7 day phobia course online and hopefuly when am done i will phone to speak to them but i am unsure if they take nhs patients in as i am unemployed at th emoment

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      This service sounds fantastic. For a moment I had some hope that I may finally be able to convince my boyfriend to give it a try and finally sort out the pain he is in all the time but unfortunately not. As this practice does not take on NHS patients only phobics with money are able to get treatment :-(

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      Craigentinny now also offers IV sedation if needed by referral:

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      "I've got an extremely complex, extremely strong phobia that almost drove me to suicide. I hadn't seen a dentist in 6 years but now thanks to these two guys, I managed to get six teeth extracted and didn't feel a thing. With these guys at the helm I'd do it all again.

      1) Fraser Hendrie, Craigentinny Dental Practice His manner is confidence inspiring. He gave me a whole hour during the initial appointment just to chat about my fears and get it all out. When he actually examined my mouth, I could hardly feel what he was doing.

      2) David Offord. Fraser referred me to David for the IV sedation. He's totally chilled, totally professional, and gives you plenty of time and space. The whole operation was painless and stress free. He works under 'Dunedin Dental Solutions' but pratcices at 'Smileplus Dental Care' in Corstorphine."
      Last edited by letsconnect; 12th December 2010 at 04:24.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless

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      Quote Originally Posted by Terrified Boyfriend View Post
      This service sounds fantastic. For a moment I had some hope that I may finally be able to convince my boyfriend to give it a try and finally sort out the pain he is in all the time but unfortunately not. As this practice does not take on NHS patients only phobics with money are able to get treatment :-(
      Your boyfriend should be able to get high quality empathetic NHS care from the Community Dental Service if he is very phobic - http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/fears/special-needs/

      The NHS funding system in Scotland is also different (more like the old English one) from the disastrous Contract in England and Wales, so it may in any case be easier to find an NHS dentist willing to work ethically and sympathetically with him on your side of the border.

      All private dentists do not cost the earth however and speaking generally if you are an employed person, it should be possible to choose to budget for dental care (or even take out a bank loan or borrow from relatives) just as you might for a holiday or a car or a new sofa - given that getting dental treatment will likely add immeasurably to the quality of your life in multiple ways. Sometimes it is seemingly a catch 22 with bad teeth preventing someone from obtaining employment dealing with say customers....no one said it would be easy but it is usually worth it, can't think of anyone who has had treatment who has then regretted taking action to restore their dental health.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless

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