It is probably a given that we all have a phobia about something or other in the city of London, but it’s how we confront and cope with the issue that allows us to get on with life on a day-to-day basis without it affecting us. Were it as simple as that though, none of us would care; in some cases, our fears and phobias do get in the way and can be a real issue that could affect our health- dental phobias being one of them. This problem can be the thing that stands in the way of having healthy teeth and gums or, losing the teeth altogether through disease and decay. And it’s no picnic for dentists either, there is nothing harder than hitting a moving target and if the patient is moving about with fear, they won’t get the treatment they need….this is a big problem that needs to be confronted. It may take a while to get to the bottom of the issue, but the best way is through talking to someone and ironically, dentists may be the best port of call as they are trained to deal with our problems. They can enlighten us about how dentistry has changed from the times that may be the images and fears we have been inventing in our heads. There is an immense array of sedation techniques available to also help make the treatments more bearable so if we can do a little research and talking first, then we are in a position to make informed choices to decide how we want our treatments to go and how we want them done.