Dental phobic Hayley conquers her fear
With a warm smile, infectious laughter and the chatty charm that every pub bar worker should share as each pint is pulled, Hayley admits she’s enjoying life at a new level.
The 29-year-old pub management team worker confesses to “simple pleasures” like “tucking into sandwiches and not being scared to eat things.”
An enthusiastic cook with a taste for adventurous recipes, she adds: “I’m now enjoying the meals I cook and not giving most of my portion to my partner.”
For Hayley the whole food thing was a pleasure-pain experience. The adventure of discovering new dishes and exotic tastes from far-flung places was forever ruined by the apprehension of eating them.
Hayley had never neglected caring for her teeth, but failing veneers in the front of her upper crown had eroded her confidence.
And to make matters worse, she was “utterly terrified” of the dentist.
Hayley is just one of the estimated estimating 12 per cent of the UK population who have experienced an exaggerated fear of going to the dentist.
Her journey to recover her lost smile was brave one.
Practice director Jacqui Burchell takes up the story. “When Hayley first came into the waiting room she sat in the corner, hugging her knees and rocking. She was dental phobic.
“She is proof, however, that no matter how bad the fear, there is hope and in Hayley’s case a cure.”
Hayley had five porcelain veneers fitted, along with a crown, root filling and other work. “I just clicked with Polly,” she says.