Ex-Coronation Street star Ian Kelsey’s dentist phobia

Ian Kelsey has battled with a phobia of the dentist for decades after a terrifying childhood experience.

Ian Kelsey wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a sign

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The former soap star – who has played Vinny Ashford in ‘Coronation Street’ and Dave Glover in ‘Emmerdale’ – has opened up about why he has avoided going to the dentist for years.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “He used to drill and do fillings without anaesthetic and I remember him saying, ‘It’ll be over before you know it, just that little of bit pain will be worth not having a numb mouth for the day’, but there was this white hot pain as he drilled which was excruciating.

“From the chair you could see the towers at the top of York Minster, so I used to focus on spotting visitors walking in between the turrets during these horrendous appointments.”

Ian described the dentist as a “charming gent” and admitted he never questioned the procedure until speaking to a friend at an amateur dramatics group five years later when he was 18.

He added: “One of the other members, Laura, was a dentist and she flagged up to me that perhaps things weren’t being done properly.

“She had spotted that he had drilled a hole in the centre of one of my front teeth and said there was absolutely no reason for him to have done that.”

The 58-year-old actor – who would hide his teeth while laughing because of the impact of the treatment – let Laura cap his tooth.

He was later introduced to Dr. Bashar Al Naher – the founder of the Care Dental Group in London – who has developed the Enjoyable Dentistry Technique, which uses nitrous oxide for conscious sedation.

Ian said: “It was the best dental experience I have ever had.

“They use a mixture of gas and air and mindfulness, so Dr Bashar helped me visualise a garden and see colours to help me relax while he was treating me. I couldn’t feel anything, not even the initial injections.”

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‘Obsessed’ patient Tom Baddeley who stalked dentist Ian Hutchinson with crossbow jailed for two years

A disgruntled patient who stalked his dentist with a crossbow, bleach, and plastic sheeting has been jailed for two years after breaking a restraining order against him.

Tom Baddeley, 42, was previously sentenced to prison in August for secretly following orthodontist Ian Hutchinson with a boot full of weapons capable of causing “serious harm” and logging his movements over a four-year period.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Baddeley developed an “obsession” with his dentist Dr Hutchinson while he was a patient of his between 2012- 2016 in Bristol.

They also heard that he made “bizarre” complaints about Dr Hutchinson during this period before their contact broke off.

Baddeley was first caught by police in November 2019 after a member of the public reported him acting suspiciously in his parked car – one of over 30 vehicles he bought to limit the chance he’d be recognised by Dr Hutchinson – near the orthodontist’s home in Monmouthshire.

Police found him wearing a balaclava and discovered a kit in his boot including a crossbow, a knife, a snood, gloves, a ski mask, bleach, plastic sheets, and cleansing wipes.

In his Bristol home the police found detailed surveillance logs of Dr Hutchinson’s movements spanning four years. They also found a “sinister” document counting down to something Baddeley referred to as “The Event”, of which the details to were never specified.

Baddeley was sentenced to 16 months in prison in August and handed an indefinite restraining order after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article, and stalking.

But on Thursday, the court heard he had in fact been released from custody the very same day he was sentenced because of the time he had spent on remand, unbeknownst to his victim.

Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said Baddeley was spotted approaching The Smile Lounge, one of Dr Hutchinson’s dental clinics in Chepstow, just two months later on October 7.

Baddeley was caught by officers riding a bicycle after being recognised by them despite wearing a baseball cap, a facemask and dark sunglasses.

Mr Fryer said: “It is not an understatement to say that this had a profound effect on Ian Hutchinson.”

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A victim impact statement read out in court heard Dr Hutchinson, 52, say he had been forced to change his lifestyle and routines in fear of being cornered by his stalker, and feared what Baddeley would have done to him.

He said: “I’d thought about what if he’d been able to get into the practice, what he would have done to the staff or any patients. This makes me feel upset.

“I have been a dentist for 30 years. This is not something I thought I would have to consider.”

He said the incident had also led to his long-term partner leaving him, with some of the reasons including not feeling safe within his home and potential reprisals from Baddeley.

“This has affected my mental health considerably. I have become very irritable and short-tempered.

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