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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Great staff. Glad to see the same people from one visit to the next.
Carol B.
I went to get a root canal scared as ever it didn’t take long, painless and I like the fact that the dentist hid the needle from me.
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My experience was wonderful.
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Great service ans not a long wait
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Very professional and nice staff. They truly cared about my root canal situation and resolved it in no time!! See you in 6 months!! Thanks!!!
Rob S.
You have a professional team working at your office you have a pleasant staff thank you
Albert M.
Usually hate going to the dentist. My old dentist use to tell me to fight through the pain and other things when I had to get procedures done so I ended up gaining a distrust in dentist but my […]
Amber S.
The doctor along with his staff we’re fabulous
Tamara R.
Staff is always polite sand friendly. The dentist takes his time and shows much compassion for his patients
Lynette W.
I have nothing bad to say about this place. Everyone was friendly and I felt completely comfortable. Haven’t gone to the dentist in awhile and the worse part was just the anticipation of […]
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Last visit there were some oral concerns that for me was serious my hygentist worked with me and gave really helpful advise that I instrumented a Walla the issue no longer present I absolutely love […]
Michele W.
Very good team of people there work together.
Jayne R.
The explanation I received for the services I requested made sense to me.
Robert D.
Service is awesome
Kristian M.
Visit went well. Hygienist was nice and fast. The dentist was also nice.
Katrina T.
Very professional no long wait & procedures are very timely
Rhonye B.
Great doctor and staff Made me feel comfortable
Josh F.
Doctor was great.
Ralph D.
I visited Gentle Dental to discuss my dental issues, as a possible new patient. Dr. Shin discussed possible options, a root canal, and I was to notify him of my decision after seeing a periodontist, […]
Philly P.
The dentist explained everything well and his assistant made me feel comfortable because I was so nervous. I got medicine and my abscess went away the next day mostly.
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