Most of the people are afraid of a visit to the dentist in London, however, there are methods to eliminate your fear

Being scared of the dentist often means completely different things to different patients. Quite possibly it can be the thought that the treatment method will hurt or just that the sounds and also smells restore memories of horrible experiences as a small child.

The great news is the fact that increasingly more dentists understand their patients’ concerns. With a combination of sympathy and also gentleness they are able to do a lot to make dental treatment stress and anxiety free. We asked Dr Rushil Lachhani from Shades Clinic about his successful approach to the patients.

Rushil Lachhani graduated from the University of Bristol, School of Oral and Dental Sciences as one of the highest possible achieving students in his year. At graduation, he was awarded the prestigious ‘Gordon Gray Prize in Practical Conservative Dentistry’ as the top rated student in his year in this particular field of dentistry. Rushil’s key interests within dentistry lie in performing drill-free and minimally invasive treatment, with a special interest in the artistry of composite fillings.

Tell me a bit about your background. How did you get first started with dentistry?

Rushil Lachhani: I never planned to be a dentist. Unlike many people who knew from a very young age what they wanted to do, I did not know I wanted to be a dentist until the age of 17. During 6th form, I carried out loads of different work experience in a variety of professions ranging from accounting to construction. I found that none of them were what I wanted to do. The head of 6th form suggested I try dentistry and the rest is history. I enjoyed my work experience in dentistry so much that I knew this was the profession for me. The people I met during my work experience really helped to give me a better understanding of the profession. I saw a range of treatments ranging from general dental care through to sedation and more complex surgeries. This gave me a better insight into dentistry and also made me appreciate the variety of career pathways available to dental graduates. I also saw the impact that dental treatment could have on patients and how it could completely change someone’s life – this inspired me to pursue this career

Do you enjoy your job?

Rushil Lachhani: Yes! I absolutely love my job. I look forward to going into work each day and seeing the whole team and the patients I treat.

Most people don’t like to see the dentist in London, what do you do to make them feel comfortable?

Rushil Lachhani: I find the best way of making patients more comfortable is getting to know them more. Asking the right questions can make a big difference. Once you get to know a patient more, you can understand their phobias and what makes them tick. Also, laughter is very important – having a good relationship with your patients and making them laugh can make the whole experience of going to the dentist more enjoyable. At Shades Clinic we really do care about our patients and providing them with the highest standard of care.

What dental problem do you see the most with patients?

Rushil Lachhani: The biggest problem that many patients present with is decayed teeth. Tooth decay is related to consuming excess sugar. Sugary snacks and drinks are very easily accessible to everyone. Sugar like most things we consume is absolutely fine in moderation. It is our job as dentists to educate our patients about this, therefore we advise that it is best to have anything containing sugar with your meals and 4 times per a day or less – breakfast, lunch, dinner and one snack.

What’s your #1 piece of advice for people who want to have a beautiful smile?

Rushil Lachhani: My best advice for anyone who wants a beautiful smile is to come and see us at Shades Clinic. We are a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals who aim to deliver the best possible care for our patients. We are here 7 days a week to help address your concerns and give you the smile you deserve.