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‘The Fearful Dental Patient’

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A Guide To Understanding & Managing

Fear of dentistry is probably more common that you may have realised. The British Dental Association stated a few years ago that ‘one adult in three has moderate to severe fear of dental procedures’.

Dr Mike Gow Clinical Director of  Dental Anxiety Management was approached to write a chapter for a new book called ‘The Fearful Dental Patient’  by Arthur Weiner (ed), published by Wiley Blackwell.

This fantastic book is going to print soon and will be available in book stores across the UK  early 2011.

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No More Fear Or Anxiety

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Patient Cures Dental Phobia With Hypnotherapy

Dr Mike receives a lovely review.

I am a 64 year old male (still with all my own teeth) and I have never had a problem with visiting the dentist until recently. About a year ago I suddenly developed a phobia with having work done in my mouth and I became really nervous in the dentist’s chair. It was so bad that I nearly gave the dentist a bad bite to make him stop and on another occasion I actually decided that I was going home and left the chair just as my treatment was starting. Luckily I have a very patient and understanding dentist but I had to get myself sorted out. I was recommended to the Berkeley Clinic and Mike gave me a call and arranged an appointment. One extended hypnotherapy session cured my phobia and allowed me to complete my treatment with my dentist which was replacing all my old fillings. I had an extended session as Mike wanted to find out why I had suddenly developed my phobia and during the hypnotherapy an underlying personal problem came to light. It seems I had been unconsciously carrying this problem around with me for nearly 30 years and I have now been unburdened from it. My life is now much happier, so from me it is a big double thanks to Mike. So remember dental fear can strike at any age but dental hypnotherapy can really help to relieve it. And it’s painless.

Best Regards,
Nat  Griffiths

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The Dental Wand Arrives

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Dental Anxiety Help

The Dental Wand is a new computer controlled device that administers local anaesthetic at a slow and steady flow speed. By means of controlling the flow of local anaesthetic this ensures that there is minimum discomfort for our patients.

Most people have had experiences of discomfort associated with visits to the dentist. The team at the Berkeley Clinic are always looking at new ways in making our patients experience a pleasant one. In most cases people associate the discomfort from local anaesthetic to be caused by the needle. In fact, this is not the case. Any discomfort during this procedure is from the flow of anaesthetic being too great at any given time. The Dental Wand takes away the possibility of human error and ensures the patient does not experience any discomfort.

A great number of people suffer from Dental Anxiety and the team at the Berkeley Clinic are here to help you. We have helped many of our patients eliminate their Dental Phobias and have a true understanding of how debilitating it can be for someone experiencing Dental Fear. Please feel free to talk to any member of the team in confidence and we can take the necessary steps in providing you with a relaxed experience. When looking for a Cosmetic Dentist Glasgow who can make a difference, look no further.

For further information please contact a member of our team on 0141 564 1900

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The First clinic In Scotland To Offer The Dental Button

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Dental Anxiety Experts

The Berkeley Clinic is the first practice in Scotland to offer the ‘dental button’- a device which literally gives control 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 released 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)

Winner of:
‘Best Young Dentist- Scotland 2008’- The Dentistry Awards.
‘Best Young Dentist- UK 2008’- The Dentistry Awards.

Dental Anxiety Management               Dental Hypnosis
www.WhatFear.Com                        www.DentalHypnosis.Com

Dental Sedation                                      Appointments and Consultations at The Berkeley Clinic

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Berkeley Clinic Offers B-Calm System For Dental Anxiety

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Acoustic Anaesthetic

The Berkeley Clinic is one of the first dental practices to offer the ‘b-Calm’ system which uses a complex blend of frequency patterns specifically designed to mask sounds of the dental environment. This device functions as an “acoustic anaesthetic” allowing you to control your own level of relaxation, reducing anxiousness and pain perception.

b-Calm is a personal audio system that was designed to relieve patients who suffer from dental phobias of the noises from dental procedures as well as promote a calm and relaxed mind. The ‘b-Calm’ system utilizes in-earphones to execute the Audio Sedation technology; a proprietary blend of noise eliminating signals optimized within the calming sounds of nature. The b-Calm system allows the patient to gain control of their dental experience, all in the palm of their hand.

To see what patients think about the ‘b-Calm’ system please visit

For further information on the services we provide for patients with dental anxiety please contact our reception on 0141 564 1900

If you are looking for the highest quality of care, look no further. The Berkeley Clinic offers a wide variety of services such as Cosmetic Dentistry, TMD treatment and Anxiety Management all under one roof. For a Cosmetic Dentist Glasgow you can expect the best of care at all times.

The Berkeley Team

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Dr Mike Gow Lectures At The Royal Society Of Medicine In London 2009

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Royal Society Of Medicine In London

Dr. Mike Gow lectures for the SAAD Conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Mike was sharing his expertise in Alternative/Complimentary Anxiety Management. Below we see Mike with Nigel Robb and Martin Foster. Nigel Robb is a senior lecturer at Glasgow Dental Hospital and President Elect of SAAD. Martin Foster is a local advisor with Dental Protection.

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Mike Gow in Rome

Monday, September 21st, 2009

18th International Society of Hypnosis World Congress

Dr Mike Gow, our resident expert in dental phobia mangagement and hypnosis has been invited to attend and give his expert opinions at the 18th International Society of Hypnosis World Congress in Rome.

Mike will be representing The Berkeley Clinic and the UK and discussing his techniques and thoughts on the uses of dental hypnosis in the treatment of anxious and phobic dental patients. Mike has built a reputation both nationally and internationally and he is very privileged to have been invited to this event.

Mike who created the dental anxiety and phobia support website will be presenting at the congress and is the only representative from Scotland to have such an honour.

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Dr Mike Gow Asks Are You Positive?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Dentistry Scotland Magazine Feature

Glasgow Dentist Dr. Mike Gow’s recent article in Dentistry Scotland magazine explains how positive language works well with patients who suffer from dental anxiety. The team at The Berkeley Clinic under the excellent guidance of Mike are well aware of the stress that some patients feel when visiting the dentist. We are always understanding of this situation and always make our patients’ visits a pleasant experience. If you are an anxious about visiting the dentist and are looking for a Cosmetic Dentist Glasgow please feel free to contact a member of our team on 0141 564 1900

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Hypnosis For Dental Anxiety Management

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Dr Mike Gow’s Techniques

Best Young Dentist Dr Mike Gow describes the potential of suggestions and hypnosis to address problems associated with post-extraction bleeding, pain and patient anxiety. These are techniques that Mike utilizes in the Berkeley Clinic that is why we see so many patients overcome their fears of the dentist. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist Glasgow and have dental phobia, please feel free to talk to a member of our team.

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