Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Do you dread going to the dentist? You’re not alone. Up to 20 percent of people are so anxious about dental visits that they delay them until a major dental problem leaves them no other choice. Also, as many as two-thirds of people blame their intense fear of the dentist on a previous bad dental experience. These findings were revealed by the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington. This clinic specializes in the treatment of children and adults with a severe fear of seeing the dentist. While it’s clear that dental fears run far, wide, and deep, there are ways to control and even conquer your concerns. After all, it’s much scarier to deal with the consequences of ignoring your dental health. 

While it’s easy to understand how a negative experience or the sight of sharp dental objects can cause fear in patients, avoiding the dentist is the worst way to deal with it. Not getting regular dental check-ups only increases the chances of tooth decay and other dental problems, which is likely to lead to more time and expense at the dentist’s office.

Fortunately, there are many ways to ease your anxiety. First, a dental assistant can explain the procedure or the purpose of certain tools so you know what to expect. Also, you can arrange to signal when you feel uncomfortable during the procedure, which will prompt the dentist to stop his work and give you a brief break.

Since many dentists anticipate a degree of dental anxiety, they have already equipped their offices with features designed to distract patients during procedures. They offer soothing music, and access to televisions for watching movies, and hang scenic paintings to help patients relax. In certain circumstances, they are able to prescribe mild sedatives for anxious patients. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to your appointment.

Parents who fear the dentist need to shield their children from their own anxiety so their kids learn to accept dental care as a regular part of a healthy lifestyle. Try to make the dental visit into a positive experience, but let children know that they may feel a little discomfort, but the result will be a healthier and brighter smile.

It’s important to find an affordable dentist who understands the fears of patients and the needs of children. Fortunately, you can find quality, compassionate dental care, in South Philadelphia.

Let Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue today at (215) 310-5817 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers full-service family dentistry and gentle, affordable dental care. With more than 80 affiliated practices in seven states, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. We provide most dental services from basic preventative care and sedation dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional service and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care at Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue.

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Patient Reviews
Been there 4 times & each time was a good experience. This comes from someone who needs a good bit of dental attention! Like probably most people, I […]
Marie Q.
Everyone was very nice, my nervousness didn't last long. I take my sons there also.
Albert M.
I had a geeat second visit! The staff is always so friendly.
Monica D.
My Dr. Susmita Parab was so nice I am so happy wiith my smile I will come back for the good service Dr. Susmita Parab was so Gental with my teeth and […]
Kenyetta D.
the staff at this location was good from the start of my visit till I left with the feeling everyone cared about me. Thanks to all.
Dewayne W.
The best dental experience I felt. Relaxed comfortable I like the way all the people there give you the best care individual ive made a good choice […]
Georgina C.
They are the only people to come up with a complete plan. I have a fear of dentist and they really work with me to make me feel calm and secure. I […]
John S.
Everyone was more friendly and courteous than the former employees.
Notreeanne H.
Every body at Gentle Dental Oregon are all great. from the time I walk in there to the time I leave. I will let other friends know about them. Very […]
Barbara W.
Everyone was very nice. The Hygienist was great.
Marie Q.
Very pleased with dentist & her assistant. Very concerned for my needs.
Marie Q.
Hello, this was my initial visit, and i'm very pleased with the staff. My appointment was great, no wait time, and very informative, My new doctor […]
Clayton W.
I LOVE THAT THIS IS AN ALL FEMALE STAFF AND EVERYONE IS SO PLEASANT!!! I THINK I FINALLY FOUND A KEEPER!
Crystal S.
The staff is very friendly and caring.Wait time was not to bad. All of the proceedures were explained in detail and executed painlessly by the very […]
Richelle D.
The dentist I saw was excellent and compassionate. Not all about the money!!!
Mazel M.
Loved my dental hygienist... you guys are great... no putting off going to the dentist ever again
Anonymous
The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Marc H.
Best dentist ever, assistance make it easier. I love Gentle Dental. ..
Branden E.
EXCELLENT doctor! Please keep her there!
Shannon C.
My review is excellent. I saw Dr. Maria, she was wonderful. And I hate and am afraid of dentist.
Cynthia R.
My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
Renae M.
The best staff in town; Dr. Tang will (hopefully) be my dentist for life. They will take care of you, put you at ease, if you don't have a dental […]
Greg J.
Thorough, accurate, enjoying their work. Calm and unhurried.
Jessica Y.
Everything went as planned. Staff was friendly and professional. There was no wait time. Facility was clean and bright. My dentist was great. I will […]
India J.
At 64 years old I can't imagine their being a bigger baby than I when it comes to going to the dentist. Yesterday I had to have two front teeth […]
Timothy S.
I love it there! The staff is so friendly and easy to talk too.
Monica D.
Gentle Dental. Wow! I can't say enough good things. I walked into the office on 11/11/2014 with an abscess with pain, a need for a molar abtraction, […]
Gail T.
The employees at Gentle Dental are so nice and they really work with you.
Roslyn W.
Dr Clark is the best at what he does, this is my second time seeing him and both experiences has been pleasant and painless. I would recommend him to […]
Anonymous
I love this office Saturdays this dr was very gentle with me. My experience was pleasant and sweet.
Quantella H.
Dr. Clark is the best dentist that i have been in years. He takes his time an gives each patient, their time and not rushed. I would recommend him to […]
William J.
Staff is the BEST! I also love the fact that it's an all female staff.
Crystal S.
The wait was a little long, but well worth it. the staff are very friendly and flexible with your ability to pay and when you can come in. The staff […]
Laura G.
i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
Alexis P.
Another great visit from the staff at Gentle Dental.
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  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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