Dental psychology

We provide support for people who are very anxious about visiting the dentist. We also treat people who have a condition that affects their face, mouth or jaw.

We work with other departments in the dental service, particularly:

We often see people who want help with:

  • feeling anxious about visiting the dentist
  • persistent gagging
  • long-term pain in the mouth, jaw or face
  • burning mouth syndrome
  • temporomandibular disorder (TMD)
  • autoimmune mouth conditions

We also provide assessments for people who may have orthognathic surgery.

The service is led by psychologists. Psychologists are health professionals who help people manage their emotional concerns. They do not prescribe medicines.

We also work with other members of the dental team including:

  • dentists
  • nurses
  • dental hygienists

Our consultants

Tim Newton

Jennifer Hare

Beth Guildford

Contact us

Phone: 020 7188 6074

If there is no answer please leave a message with your name and contact details. We always aim to get in touch as soon as we receive our messages.

Email: [email protected]

We aim to reply to emails within 2 working days.

Address: department of sedation and special care, 26th floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT

We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Please note that this is not an emergency service

If you need urgent medical or emotional support, please contact your GP or visit your nearest 24-hour emergency department (A&E).

For 24-hour emotional support:

If you have a dental emergency, please visit our emergency dental care pages.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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