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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 Anxiety Treatment At Berkeley Clinic

Friday, June 10th, 2016

How Can Dental Anxiety Be Treated?

dental anxietyMany start to feel anxious or fearful before a dental appointment. Visiting their dentist can cause some people distress which may lead to them missing their appointment.

It is advised to make regular dental check-ups as they are important for our oral well-being. Dental or hygienist appointments are usually pain free however even the thought of the dentist can put patients off, this sort of stress is usually brought on by dental phobia or anxiety.

At our dental clinic in Glasgow we do the best that we can to provide our patients with a relaxing atmosphere before and during their treatments. Find out more about what dental anxiety is and how it can be treated below. (more…)

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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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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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Patient Letter To Dr Mike Gow

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Thanks For Curing My Dental Anxiety

Do you have a dental anxiety or fear? Recently, we have received a ‘thank you’ letter from one of our patients who had a dental fear. Please click on the image below to read the letter. We are very proud that we were able to help and bring the confidence back to one of our patients. If you are suffering from dental phobia contact The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow and see what we can do for you. Our award winning dentists have years of experience in helping people to overcome their dental fears and phobias. Dr Mike Gow has created a special website dedicated to anxious dental patients.

Mikes letter

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ISDAM Symposium

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The McCarthy Method


The Berkeley Clinic is happy to announce that the ‘International Society of Dental Anxiety Management’ symposium will be held in Berkeley House, Scot Dec, 5 Newton Terrace, Glasgow on the 27th-29th of July.

ISDAM will bring together all psychological, pharmacological, clinical, technological and any other techniques used in helping patients overcome their fears and phobias. It will focus on helping members understand the aetiologies of dental anxiety, fear and phobia.

We are excited to welcome Mr Peter Walker and Dr Patrick McCarthy from New Zealand to present their ideas and work at ISDAM conference. Mr Peter Walker MB ChB FRACDS FRACS (Plastic) is one of the top plastic surgeons in New Zealand. His main interests include laser and cosmetic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast reconstruction, skin cancer surgery and gender reassignment surgery.

Dr Patrick McCarthy MBChB is a doctor specialising in medical hypnosis (the only medical hypnotist in New Zealand) who has developed his own innovative hypnosis method dubbed by his peers as ‘The McCarthy Method’. He has treated more than 30,000 people and used hypnosis for 21 years. A Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, he has been President of the New Zealand Society of Hypnosis and has taken workshops with clinical audiences in New Zealand, Australia, North America and the UK, lecturing for 20 years.

Mr Peter Walker will present ‘Intravenous Sedation: an update/introduction’. Dr Patrick McCarthy will join the symposium from New Zealand to present ‘A simple 3 step method to cure anxiety’. Dr McCarthy and Dr Mike Gow will then take a post symposium workshop on smoking cessation.

For fees and more information please click on the attachment bellow. For the registration form please email [email protected]. Places are limited, so book early for this one!


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Dr Mike Gow has some exciting news…..

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Berkeley Clinic team in Glasgow would like to congratulate Dr Mike Gow on his recent invitation of membership from the faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) (MFDS RCPSG).

Mike graduated from Glasgow University Dental School in 1999 and is now the Berkeley Clinic’s leading phobia and anxiety management dentist.

Mike says “I have always been especially committed to the care of dental patients with anxiety, fear and phobia and I enjoy sharing in the positive experiences of the many people I help”.

We are proud to have Mike as part of our team.

To see Mike in action visit the link below

If you are having difficulty with your oral health pleases contact us today Tel 0141 564 1900

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The Berkeley Dental Clinic – Evening Times

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Dr Newlands & Marie Dawson

When Dr Jamie Newlands heard about Marie Dawson’s horrific accident, pain and discomfort she was going through from shattered teeth and confidence he knew he had to help.

After 2 year’s this wonderfully brave lady has made the decision to go through with this life changing treatment.

Dr Newlands gave Marie the confidence to carry out the treatment within 2 appointments and regain her inner beauty once again.

Follow Marie’s story in the Evening Times today and tomorrow.


The Berkeley clinic team have created a comfortable and relaxed environment that promotes the well-being of our patients.
By utilising state of the art technology and techniques we are recognised as one of the most advanced private dental centres in the UK.

The clinic provides all aspects of dental care from dental implants, smile makeovers, teeth whitening, phobia and anxiety management to help you achieve a beautiful happy and healthy smile.

Call today for your Berkeley clinic check up t: 0141 564 1900

or visit our website

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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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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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