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Do You Suffer From Dental Phobia & Anxiety?

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Our Dental Care Team Is Ready To Help Today

Dental phobia and anxious patients are incredibly commonplace. Although some patients express reservations about visiting the dentist out of embarrassment, many more find even the simplest procedure incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing.

At the Berkeley Clinic, we’re not only experts in dental treatment and cosmetic procedures, we’re innovators in alternative approaches to putting our patients at ease.

We understand that dental fear can put off individuals from visiting the dentist for months, if not years at a time. Sometimes, the most unfounded of fears can lead to a minor dental problem transforming into a serious condition over time, causing more stress and hassle down the line.

Unlike other establishments that rely on conventional anaesthesia, we’ve pioneered a revolutionary selection of treatments and therapies to help put even the most anxious of patients at ease, meaning even the most involved procedures can be carried out with ease.

Dental Hypnosis Experts

We’re one of the only clinics in Scotland that offer patients with dental fear and phobia a full-service solution. Our clinical team aren’t just some of the best trained in the business, they’re also trained in alternative approaches to help put anxious individuals at ease.

Dental hypnosis not only relaxes those who feel uneasy, it can also transform the way those with anxieties approach dental health in the future. Dental hypnosis has a wide range of benefits and applications, including but not limited to, anxiety management and relaxation, phobia management, pain control and more.

It can also be used as a successful treatment of stress related conditions like recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis and TMJ dysfunction. Hypnosis can also be used to modify oral habits for the best, helping stave off damage caused by lifestyle habits like smoking, nail biting and more.

What is Conscious Sedation?

At the Berkeley Clinic, one of our most celebrated approaches to reducing anxiety in our patients is Conscious Sedation. This method essentially involves the use of drugs to depress the central nervous system, relaxing the patient while still maintaining a high enough level of consciousness that the patient remains verbal and communicative throughout.

There are three main types of conscious sedation, including inhalation, oral and intravenous. Inhalation sedation is one of the quickest and safest approaches, ideal for more basic procedures and a go-to for children and patients who might have issues with other procedures.

Intravenous sedation is a more effective method and produces more rapid states of sedation. It’s often used with more involved dental procedures and despite some minor side effects like mild amnesia, it’s often lauded by patients who’ve experienced it. Finally, oral sedation involves the consumption of a sedative drug in liquid or tablet form. This can help diminish feelings of anxiety and dental fear.

Get in Touch with the Berkeley Team Today

If you’re looking to overcome dental fear and pursue procedures to fix your smile or resolve a long-standing oral health issue, get in touch with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Get in touch directly at: [email protected] or call us on: 0141 564 1900. Alternatively, you can drop us a message via the online enquiry form.

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Dental Hypnosis & Anxiety

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Client Care Team – Berkeley Dental Clinic

Berkeley Clinic Glasgow Dentist

Visiting a dentist isn’t a fun prospect for many people. In fact, it is perfectly normal to experience some anxiety at the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair. However it may be the case that the prospect of visiting the dentist for you is much worse than feeling a little nervous.


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The World Congress Of Psychosomatic Medicine

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Mike and Brigette Postel

Glasgow, SECC 2015

Did you know that Dr Mike Gow is one of the key organisers of The World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine which will be held in Glasgow SECC in 2015? The World Congress is organized every two years. It will be a first time for the congress to be held in Scotland, UK.

Last week Dr Mike Gow has been interviewed by Brigitte Postel who is a correspondent of French Dental Journal ‘L’Independentaire’. Brigitte was interested to hear about The International Society of Dental Anxiety Management, The World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine and to see The Berkeley Clinic. The article will be published towards the end of the summer.

If you would like to find out more about The World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine please visit the website or call +44 (0) 141 945 6880.

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Do you have dental anxiety?

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The Power of Placebo

BBC Horizon CDDo you have a dental anxiety or fear? Would you like to overcome it and have any dental treatment in comfort? Have you ever heard about the benefits of dental hypnosis? Well, the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow can help you.

Earlier on this year Dr Mike Gow has been featured on the BBC Horizon documentary ‘The Power of Placebo’ and BBC Radio 5. He has demonstrated his abilities to extract teeth without local anaesthetic. Dr Gow used dental hypnosis instead. You can see the video with Mike here.

What is dental hypnosis and how can it help you? Dental hypnosis is used to reduce dental anxiety, discomfort, and even can help to control pain. It is especially beneficial when the patient doesn’t want or can’t take a local anaesthetic during his dental treatment. Through the years Dr Mike Gow has adapted and developed a wide variety of hypnotherapy techniques to help anxious or phobic dental patients. Hypnosis is an extremely valuable tool that helps to make dental treatment experience more comfortable and relaxing.

Recently BBC Horizon has released a CD about the power of human’s mind and hypnotherapy. We would like to thank BBC Horizon team for sending us a CD!

Dr Mike Gow says: ‘Many thanks again to the team at BBC Horizon. It was great to work with them and have the opportunity to demonstrate some of what is possible with hypnosis on national television’.

If you have a dental anxiety or fear don’t hesitate to contact Dr Mike Gow and the Berkeley Clinic on 0141 564 1900.

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Best Scheme for Treatment of Nervous Patients!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Jamie at Dentistry Scotland Awards 2013 II

Dentistry Scotland Awards 2013

We are very pleased to announce that The Berkeley Clinic has been awarded for the ‘Best Scheme for Treatment of Nervous Patients’ at the Dentistry Scotland Awards 2013.

Dentistry Scotland Awards is one of the most prestigious events of the year celebrating all that is good in Scottish Dentistry and rewarding exceptional achievements within the profession. Our team is extremely excited and pleased to win the award!

If you know someone who is scared of the dentist then contact the Berkeley Clinic and see what we can do for you.

Our award winning team can help you to manage your dental anxieties and fears and have the dental treatment you wish to have.

If you would like to find out more contact us on 0141 561 1900 or visit Berkeley Clinic.

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Nominated For Dentistry Scotland Awards 2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Gleneagles, Perthshire

The 1st ever Dentistry Scotland Awards 2011 ceremony will be held at Gleneagles Perthshire on 25th November.

These stunning surroundings will create the perfect setting for this prestigious awards ceremony.

We are shortlisted in 4 categories including Best patient care, Best community/charity project and Best practice which have generated a flutter of excitement throughout our team members and our patients.

Our hardworking dedicated team are delighted to receive this wonderful news and as autumn approaches we will continue on our patient journey to create the best patient care and beautiful smiles.

The Berkeley Clinic has a number of Cosmetic Dentistry treatments available. With expert advice on Dental Implants, Dental hypnosis and smile makeovers we are sure we have the finesse to look after you.

Let us book your appointment today.

Telephone 0141 564 1900

Or view our site for more information and treatment available

Wish us luck!

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Scottish Dental Awards 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Berkeley Dental Clinic Glasgow Nominees

On behalf of all the team at the Berkeley Clinic we would like to wish Dr Jamie Newlands and Dr Mike Gow the best of luck for tomorrow’s Dental Awards.

Both Jamie and Mike are up for Dentist of the year 2011. With a few awards under their belts they are sure to do us proud and bring home another one for the clinic.

Good luck guys!

To book a consultation call today on 0141 5641900 or email [email protected]

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Beam Expert’s Dentistry Guide

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Ask The Expert, Dr Mike Gow

Dr Mike Gow is now one of the experts on Beam expert’s dentistry guide. The site is set up to supply the best advice on  dental hygiene questions about cleaning, gum care and diet, can advise on bad breath, mouth ulcers or oral cancer and offer guidance on troubles with dental braces, painful wisdom teeth, root canals or reconstructive surgery. No question too big or small.

To book an appointment with Mike call today on 0141 564 1900 or visit

Great work Mike.

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The Dental Button

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Reducing Dental Anxiety

Dr Mike Gow talks about pressing the right button when it comes to managing anxious patients in the latest edition of Dentistry Scotland Magazine

The Dental Button is a device that literally gives control back to the patient. By pushing a button, patients can stop the power supply to the dentist’s hand piece and therefore immediately stop dental treatment at any time.

The team at the Berkeley Clinic are continually striving to offer the best possible care for people who suffer from dental anxiety. We understand how difficult it can be for many people to even hear the word ‘dentists’. Dr. Mike Gow uses various phobia management techniques to help with these fears and it is very common that our patients, who visit us with dental anxiety, eventually are completely relieved of their fears.

If you suffer from dental fear please arrange a consultation with Dr Michael A. Gow BDS (Gla) MSc Hyp (Lon)
President of The British Society of Medical & Dental Hypnosis (Scotland)

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Congratulations, Dr Mike Gow!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Great news! Dr Mike Gow has been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Anxiety Management from the University of Edinburgh.

The graduation ceremony will take place in July.

Congratulations, Dr Mike Gow.

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