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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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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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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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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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No Need To Worry About The Dentist

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Centre For Innovation And Research In Dental Anxiety

Dr Mike Gow and Dr Jamie Newlands were featured in the Evening Times Today demonstrating the new B-Calm system.  Mike and Jamie have invested extensively in making nervous patients who suffer from dental fear or dental phobias relax and enjoy a visit to the dentist.

The dental clinic in Glasgow is recognised globally as a centre for innovation and research in the fields of dental anxiety and phobia management.  Mike who lectures internationally on the subject is continuing on his quest to help extremely phobic and anxious patients conquer their fears by using dental hypnosis, dental sedation, NLP and the new technologies exclusively available at the clinic.

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