Gentle Dental of Collingdale
14-20 MacDade Boulevard, Suite A, Collingdale, PA 19023

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 Collingdale.

Let Gentle Dental of Collingdale ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of Collingdale today at (484) 427-4663 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 of Collingdale.

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I have attending Gentle Dental for the past couple years and my experience has always been pleasant and satisfying. Employees are nice and the doctors are great.
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The Doctor is awesome, and the staff’s are very nice and helpful.
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The patient service was excellent and I will definitely recommend you to my friends
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Staff is always courteous and works diligently
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I’ve had such a pleasant experience with Dr. Stephen. He’s very friendly and always makes sure you’re comfortable. He also does a really good job at a fast pace making sure everything is […]
Michelle C.
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Melissa G.
The Dentist and staff are professional, knowledgeable and kind. I admit to having moderate to high levels of anxiety when visiting the Dentist. My past experiences in Dental offices have been […]
Shannone N.
Staff was respectful and friendly with prompt service
Annmarie M.
The office staff and the service is very good
Evelyn W.
Everyone is polite and professional my teeth are polished like a star
Denise L.
Had Dr. Au, super friendly and skilled. The staff were friendly and even laughed at my lame jokes. All in all just super stoked about the work I got done.
Bruce J.
Your dental hygienist is an absolute pleasure!! She is always friendly and makes me feel very comfortable….I was in and out very quickly!!! Great experience every time I come in for an […]
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Staff is friendly and professional.
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Friendly and professional staff
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Michelle M.
Staff was very friendly and took the time to explain services that were to be rendered. I felt very comfortable. My son had services on the same day as me and he saud said he really liked the place […]
Brenda C.
Thank you Gentle Dental of Collingdale for stepping up for kids for Give Kids A Smile week! Thank you for helping make sure that all children can get good oral health care to stay healthy!!
Colleen M.
very nice people working in the office and the dental hygienist, Toni, is always so nice when I come in. She is great at her job and makes you feel comfortable.
Sandra H.
Very friendly and professional! Would definitely recommend this practice to anyone!
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