Dental Phobia
Dental Phobia


What to expect at your first dental appointment

Your initial consultation will cost £69, which includes the cost of diagnostic x-ray that may be taken.

  • A full and up-to-date medical history will need to be filled out, so please remember to bring your reading glasses, if you wear any. If you take a lot of medication, it’s a good idea to bring a copy of your medication list.


  • Our team will help every step of the way; making time for you to talk about any concerns or apprehensions you may have. All treatment you receive with us is carried out at your own pace. You are in control at all times.


  • We will strive to resolve any acute problems you are experiencing, as well as working towards achieving any long-term oral health goals, too.


The dentist will check:


  • Your teeth and any restorations, such as crowns, fillings and implants

  • Chewing function, ensuring you can eat comfortably and efficiently

  • Jaw joint function, recording any movement problems

  • Gum health and bone levels. The gums will be scored and pocket depth measurements are taken to monitor areas of gum disease

  • Oral hygiene condition and offer advice and instruction on how to improve it if necessary. The dentist may also advise an appointment with the hygienist for a scale and polish.

  • The tongue, cheeks, lip, palate and floor of mouth. The dentist examines the soft tissues for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is uncommon, but rates have risen by more than 20% in the last 30 years. Found early, it can be treated with a good prognosis.


    The dentist will make recommendations where appropriate. The condition of all the above is recorded.


  • The dentist will take diagnostic x-rays, unless you have a medical condition where x-rays cannot be taken. The x-rays are taken to look for any problems, such as decay, that are not immediately visible in the mouth. The levels of bone support are also examined. However, if you have had dental x-rays taken in the last two years, and are able to obtain copies, you may not need to have these taken again.


  • Once we have gathered all the information from your examination, we will show you your mouth either with a special camera on a viewing screen or with a mirror, highlighting any areas that need treatment.


  • Your treatment plan will be discussed with you. We will discuss all options with you so that you can make an informed decision.


  • The cost of the various treatment options will be discussed and we'll explain the different payment options available to you, including our dental plan.

If you have any questions about your first appointment please contact us we are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

General Dental Council


Opening hours

 Monday        8am-6pm       

 Tuesday        8am-6pm

 Wednesday  8am-6pm

 Thursday      8am-6pm

 Friday           8am-6pm

On selected days we are open until 8pm, please call the surgery for details.

Website Updated: 27/10/2020

Nicola Taaffe at West Grove