Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

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 Springfield.

Let Gentle Dental of Springfield ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 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 Springfield.

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Patient Reviews
great fast service and nice people.
Christopher K.
Everyone from the moment I first walked in was extremely friendly! As someone who gets a little nervous about going to the dentist, they put me at […]
Anonymous
Staff was great, no lectures about my dental hygiene.
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Really appreciated the office call the day after my appointment, just to check on me.
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I love Gentle Dental in Springfield. My two eldest children go there and they are wonderful with them. They don't rush through things are very […]
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I have a fear of dentist but the staff was knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and best of all created a minimum of pain.
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My experience was great. Staff was great, no issue or problems. I actually look forward to my dental appointments.
Richard C.
The staff is very helpful and respectful. They are very good with accomodating and I am glad to use this facility as my provider.
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I think everyone at this Gentle Dental location is wonderful!
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I had a toothache and they took me right away! The staff and dentist were excellent.
Madeline P.
They were great. Kind and pleasant. And did a great job on my teeth.
Michelle B.
Very friendly, would definitely return.
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The Office staff, Rudy, and Dr Hinrichsen make going to the dentist not so bad at all. Great team here that makes you feel comfortable. Thank you for […]
Mark G.
Natalie did a great job as usual with no pain.
Edwin J.
Excellent care, especially for an emergency visit.
Theresa M.
I didn't have any work done yet but my new patient appointment was excellent. The receptionist was friendly and efficient and the doctor and his […]
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Great service and excellent workmanship. Courteous and friendly staff, all very professional and knowledgeable. Nice and clean waiting room and […]
Harry W.
Everyone there is kind. Felt no pain.
Michelle B.
Friendly, knowledgeable, caring, and helpful doctor and staff.
Jason G.
Staff is excellent, professional, but also puts you at ease. They don't make you feel badly or scold you for not taking good care of your teeth.
Garrett N.
I had a great visit. Everyone is so professional and my cleaning was great. I can't wait until my next visit!
Megan R.
Quick, efficient, quality care.
Anonymous
Very pleasant atmosphere and people are very attentive. They make you feel very comfortable.
Nancy H.
I have gone to Gentle Dental for my dental care for over 10 years and I already have been recommending their wonderful dental care to family members […]
Deborah A.
This is a fast and efficient dental operation. The cleanliness of the rooms are impressive. Everyone is so friendly!
Beverly B.
It was a very pleasant experience. All of the staff were very kind and accommodating, and made sure that I was kept up to date on all the information […]
Ivy D.
Great service. Very welcoming and warm people. I was scared to death. I hate the dentist and they made it not so scary.
Erica C.
Excellent dentistry, very nice people.
Anonymous
Quick and efficient.
Susan L.
Excellent service and staff.
Anonymous
Friendly, courteous service. I will recommend to family and friends.
Anita B.
My tooth flared up at 2 am, I hoped the pain would pass. Swelling took place and the pain increased. On a sat. morning @ 11 am I called for an appt. […]
Kevin C.
I Thank you for the work that was done on Tuesday everything was well.I was a little nervous but you made me feel comfortable Thank you.
Rhonda W.
Everyone is very nice!
Jeanette R.
Sadly, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist, Gentle Dental of Springfield makes your visit comfortable. Everyone is always pleasant....you can […]
Carolyn T.
Natalie at springfield office is great! thorough, gentle and caring.
Edwin J.
Best dentist ever...Painless root canal, friendly staff and peaceful environment...
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nice and gentle
Joan D.
It was awesome the best Dentist I been to yet everyone was helpful and I loved the Dentist that I had I really think I finally found one that I liked […]
Michelle F.
Natalie is a great hygienist!!!
Maria H.
All the staff are extremely nice and will work with you to make you experience the best they can!!
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The dentist & staff are extremely personable & genuine.
Jennifer S.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Springfield is very professional, pleasant and caring to their patients.
Jewlette S.
Everyone there in the Springfield, PA practice takes the time to explain every procedure, every step, and all are very pleasant and make you feel […]
Nancy H.
It was my first time there. Everyone was very courteous and helpful. Evaluated my needs and charted a long term program of care. Helped me with a […]
Charles S.
Great experience. Doctor listened to my concerns and was very thorough.
Richard C.
The wait was minimal, the staff was friendly and they were able to do my cleaning and fill my cavities in one visit. Highly recommended!
Helen G.
Friendly staff...always a pleasant experience.
Carolyn T.
Everyone was very friendly. Relaxed and pain free!
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  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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