Fear of the dentist and anesthesia

In the collective unconscious, the dentist is frightening, and we understand this: anxiety-provoking noises, anticipation of pain, childhood traumas, the presence of water in the oral cavity... It's not without reason that 80% of patients express a fear of the dentist!

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This feeling of dread is problematic, delaying dental consultation and leading to a worsening of the general oral condition. In the absence of regular check-ups, a simple initial cavity can progress and jeopardize the tooth’s conservability. The same applies to gingival and periodontal problems. Don’t hesitate to consult our Dental Clinic in Geneva

Fortunately, dentistry is changing...


Accustomed to all these patient profiles, we make it our duty to get to know you and understand you better. We look forward to working with you to achieve optimal oral health, and are ready to help you radically transform your experience of the dentist.

Generally speaking, anesthesia is the number 1 anxiety-inducing factor for patients. To keep this to a minimum, we systematically apply a topical gel prior to local anesthesia of the desired area. This topical gel contains a surface anesthetic that our patients appreciate. In addition to this gel, we have an electronically-assisted anesthesia system that greatly enhances patient comfort: the Quicksleeper.


When discussion, information and the application of topical gel are not enough to adequately reduce anxiety, we have the option of conscious sedation with nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Suitable for both adults and children, subject to certain conditions, it facilitates stress management during care, as well as vomiting reflexes. This proven method is performed by our specially trained dentists.

We also have another proven technique for stress management: hypnosis. When other means of treatment fail, hypnosis, practised by trained and experienced dentists, gently helps many of our patients. Finally, in the case of the most advanced phobias, we have the option, in some cases, of performing a general anaesthetic. However, this method is not without risk and cost, and can only be performed on certain patients in private practice. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, we are able to avoid the need for a general anaesthetic.

Nowadays and thanks to technology, all dental and surgical care need not be painful if it is handled in the right way.

Care for this problem

Hypnose Balexert

Treatment of children

Practitioners who can help with this problem


Dr Daniela Lazzarotto Prudente


Dr Sara Hauser-Casamenti


Philippe Ruchti


Andreas Fiebig


Clémence Escaith


Amanda Bau

Your comfort

Quicksleeper bannière


Ecran fauteuil

Armchair DVD screen

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Fear of the dentist